4th Scale Up Mapping Party in Dar es Salaam

Ramani Huria held our fourth mapping party on Saturday July 25th, at Buni Innovation Hub. Forty-eight students attended the event, primarily from Ardhi University and the University of Dar es Salaam. Mapping Parties are part of Ramani Huria’s ongoing community events with the aim of building, strengthening and spreading the use and ethos of Open Source data, specifically the use of OpenStreetMap, a free editable map of the world. This month’s mapping party focused on the HOT Tasking Manager, an incredible tool used for collaborative mapping globally by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)…Read more

Mapping launched in six additional wards of Dar es Salaam

As part of our continuing work to map Dar es Salaam, Ramani Huria began mapping an additional six wards of the city: Makumbusho; Makurumla; Mabibo; Mburahati; Msasani; and Keko. The mapping was launched with community forums in each of the wards on July 13-14th. The forums drew together community members from the respective wards and students who have been assigned to work with the community and map the wards. The students involved in mapping the wards come from the University of Dar es Salaam and Ardhi University and have received holistic training in…Read more

Community mapping showcased to President Jakaya Kikwete

The Fourth Tanzanian Annual National Science, Technology and Innovation Conference took place recently in Dar es Salaam from 17th-19th of June. The conference presented the opportunity to showcase Ramani Huria and community mapping in Dar es Salaam to the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete. Daud Fufuji, Open Data Consultant with the World Bank’s Tanzania Office, presented mapping activities to the President, as well as key officials from the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF). The presentation included detailed maps of the recently…Read more

Ramani Huria Trains 150 Students in OpenStreetMap Tools

Following the community mapping for flood resilience scale up workshop that took place on Monday 6th July, 2015 many students in attendance were inspired and motivated to join the Ramani Huria project, using maps to help reduce the effects of yearly seasonal floods. Ramani Huria signed up one hundred fifty students for training in mapping, including final year students from University of Dar es Salaam and internship students from Ardhi University. The students who signed up following the workshop participated in three days of training hosted at the University of Dar es Salaam.…Read more

Scale Up Workshop – 6th July, 2015

The Dar Ramani Huria Scale Up Workshop took place at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, on Monday 6th of July. Over the next three months, the Ramani Huria project ‘Community Mapping for Flood Resilience’ will be building on previous work and expanding mapping of additional wards across Dar es Salaam. The scale up of will be lead by a group of fifteen students who have been trained by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and previously worked with community members to map Ndugumbi, Tandale, and Mchikichini wards. In the coming weeks the project…Read more

Community Mapping can greatly contribute to the development of Dar es Salaam

Mr. Monday Antony is a 66 year old Tanzanian, living in Mchikichini ward, Ilala District, Dar es Salaam. He participated in “Community Mapping for Flood Resilience”, and talked to Steven Bukulu (mapping supervisor for Ramani Huria) about the flooding in many areas of Dar es Salaam. “The population has decreased in the low altitude areas since the last tragic incident of floods that happened in 2013, which got all houses submerged in water. Due to the loss and damage of property, many of these people shifted to safer areas to improve and build…Read more

3rd Mapping Party, 20th June 2015

At about 10:00 am we had people from different organizations come in at Buni Innovation Hub for the mapping party. We ended up having 30 people for the activities that took place in the party, which in brief introduces interested people to OpenStreetMap, connect with other people who have the love for mapping, share knowledge plus interact with the rest of the OSM communities through our activities. Our main theme this time was training attendees how to use mapping tools: fieldpapers, GPS Units and OSM Tracker for data collection, thereafter digitize the data…Read more

Ramani Huria at State of the Map US 2015

The State of the Map US is an annual conference for all OpenStreetMap users from all over the world. This year's event took place on June 6th – 8th 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters New York with with over 1000 participants. The conference provided Ramani Huria a good opportunity to network with different people and organizations who are involved in work related to ours and who share the same interests. For example we met Courtney Clerk from the American Peace Corps who told us that there are 198 American Peace Corps Volunteers…Read more

Closing Community Forum in Tandale Ward

Mapping activities in Tandale were wrapped up at the Community Forum at the ward Office on May 29th, 2015. In Tandale, five weeks of mapping work have been performed by community members of this ward and Ardhi University students, from April 21st 2015 until May 22nd. The Community forum officially delivered the maps of Tandale. Ward officials were presented with maps of the roads, buildings and drainage network. Two media outlets were present to cover the event, The Guardian News Paper and the television station Channel Ten. Opening remarks were made by one…Read more

Floods hit homes, infrastructure in Jangwani

Last week, the water rose so quickly in Jangwani that residents had little warning before they had to flee their homes. As heavy rains filled the Msimbazi River, which cuts through this low-lying, unplanned settlement in central Dar Es Salaam, water backed up against a recently constructed bridge, breached a makeshift barrier of mud and trash, and poured into the settlement. The Dar Ramani Huria team visited Jangwani today to survey the damage. The neighborhood lies within Magomeni ward, which is one of 17 flood-prone wards of the city that the project is…Read more