WEOs Discuss Map Use Beyond Flood Resilience

On 28th February 2017, Ramani Huria held its 2nd community engagement workshop at Tanzania Data Lab (dLab). The workshop comprised of Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) from the community mapped wards of Dar es Salaam where maps were produced by the local community to help decision makers in their planning for flood mitigation and other issues. This workshop was called as a follow-up of the 1st community workshop that was held in October 2016 and involved 10 ward officers from Tandale, Ndugumbi, Buguruni, Vingunguti, Magomeni, Hananasif, Mzimuni, Manzese, Mwananyamala and Kigogo. The participants this…Read more

Ground surveying as a community process

In Ramani Huria’s ground survey mapping activities, community members have always been part and parcel of the process. Their presence has consistently led to greater success and timely completion of mapping within their respective wards/areas. Why do we collaborate with community members? There are several reasons as to why Ramani Huria prefers to train community members to serve as mappers. To describe a few: They have local knowledge of the area within which they live. This means they know the ins and outs of the places being mapped due to the fact that…Read more

How to: Map creation of static maps with QGIS

When creating maps, you can either create static maps (which stay fixed, for example to print paper copies of a map) or dynamic maps (which are updated as the source material is updated, i.e. whenever OpenStreetMap (OSM) is updated, and are accessed digitally with an internet connection). All of our maps draw data from OpenStreetMap and all of the data we collect is uploaded to this platform. To create static maps, Ramani Huria uses the GIS software, QGIS, and to create dynamic maps, often known as ‘Slippy Maps’, we use Mapbox Studio. In…Read more

How to: QGIS and InaSAFE

QGIS is a full-featured, open-source, cross-platform Geographic Information System (GIS). The software has been developed by volunteers from the free and open-source software (FOSS) community and thus is well in-line with Ramani Huria’s approach of using open source tools whenever possible. QGIS runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities. QGIS also supports a number of plugins that can offer a user many additional features. One of these plugins is InaSAFE. InaSAFE is a plugin for QGIS that produces realistic natural hazard…Read more

Maps for Saving Lives: a revival of Maptime Tanzania

On January 28th, 25 volunteers, colleagues, students, and partners gathered at Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) for a Maptime event hosted by Ramani Huria. The event commenced at 10 am and its eager attendees lingered well past its scheduled end time at 1pm. The main objective of this mapathon was to identify buildings and roads in the Shinyanga District to support those working on the PEPFAR HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiative. With this area mapped, PEPFAR and its stakeholders will better be able to establish how communities are connected by roads to understand whether…Read more

Ramani Huria trains secondary students during STEM boot camp

Over the first week of January 2017, a group of 60 secondary school students gathered at Marian University College, Bagamoyo for a ground-breaking training session - the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Youth Boot Camp organised by Projekt Inspire in collaboration with the Ramani Huria team. These students, hailing from different regions of Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, Mbeya, to name a few), were there to be introduced to GIS and web mapping. STEM Youth Boot Camps are a Projekt Inspire initiative. This initiative helps to improve the quality of secondary…Read more

How to: Ground Survey Mapping with Aerial Imagery

The ground survey mapping process undertaken by the Ramani Huria team depends upon high quality aerial imagery. Mappers collect data on site with the help of the field papers produced by drone images (mbtiles) that offer direction and location to the mapper. Equipped with GPS units, Ramani Huria team members mapped all city centre wards using this approach. These include Kivukoni, Kisutu, Kariakoo, Jangwani, Gerezani, Mchafukoge, Upanga Mashariki and Upanga Magharibi. Ground survey process with the help of aerial imagery First visit the fieldpapers website and make field papers for the area upon…Read more

Ramani Huria Closing Workshop: Reflection & New Direction

November 7th & 8th marked the beginning of a new era for Ramani Huria - a project that over the past year has brought together a diverse consortium of partners, including the Tanzanian Commission of Science and Technology, the World Bank, the American, Danish and Tanzanian Red Cross Society's, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the Government of Tanzania, and students of Ardhi University and UDSM, to determine the potential of data produced by community mapping and to drive innovation in modern mapping methods. Community mappers, government officials, and experts from the field (both local and…Read more

Celebrating GIS Day at the University of Dar es Salaam

To celebrate International #GISDay2016 on November 16th and 17th, the Ramani Huria team took part in an event at Nkrumah Hall, UDSM. The event was titled “Geospatial and ICT technologies for business solutions” and it was attended by different GIS-focussed stakeholders, including iBridge Group of Companies, Kilimanjaro GeoConsultant, Turku University - Finland, Arbonaut - Finland, Human Settlements Action Company (HUSEA), Agroinfo (ICT for Agriculture), VIONCE, Commission for Lands Zanzibar, State University of Zanzibar, to name a few. An exhibition showcasing GIS products and projects (including the Ramani Huria) was set up  outside Nkrumah…Read more

Ward Executive Officers (WEO)s share their experiences with community mapping

The WEO of Tandale, Athuman Mtono Discussing Tandale's Resilience Action Strategies On October 27th, 2016, Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) from across Dar es Salaam came together to discuss the observed benefits and the future potential of Ramani Huria’s community mapping project. The workshop was kicked off by Osiligi Lossai, the WEO of Kigogo, presenting his community’s experience with the maps, leading to an open discussion between all WEOs on the many purposes that the maps can serve to further socio-economic development. Salum Mzaganya, WEO of Hananasif sharing his experience Salum Mzaganya, the new WEO of Hananasif, shared…Read more