Fruits of Thought is the proud organizer of Mapping Day Uganda. This one day activity is full of hand drawn roads, buildings, land use, power lines and social services professionally supported by walking papers and GPS Students from universities around the country are welcome and invited to join this a-few-times-a-year event to learn the basic skills of mapping.
The ultimate goal besides having an excuse to render the coolest tracks is increasing the economic value of the ones involved which will hopefully turn out in some finding jobs more easily.
Students are trained in understanding the GPS device, using the walking papers, digitalising their trails in OpenStreetMap and working with an editor that allows you to customize the map.
OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.
The Ugandan part of OpenStreetMap has improved tremendously over the last 18 months, especially in Kampala. There is still a lot of work to do to improve the map even further so more Mapping Days are yet to come. If you would like to join the next Mapping Day, please check out the website www.mappingday.com or join the mailing list Mapping Uganda mailinglist online. If you are inspired by the project and would love to contribute somehow, we really appreciate donations for GPS devices, to cover the costs of training material and up scaling activities.
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