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

Recent flooding in Dar shows need for maps

For the past 5 days it has been raining non-stop in Dar es Salaam, causing damaging floods across the city. Schools and hospitals have been closed, roads washed out, and business forced to a standstill, making the city lose billions of shillings. In Jangwani neighborhood, a bridge that connects the city to its outskirts was totally submerged in water, causing the police to close the road for more than 24 hours. In the last week, 3 people were reported dead as a result of their houses being submerged underwater. The floods come every…Read more

The Kick Off Workshop – Community Mapping For Flood Resilience (#DarRamaniHuria)

Dar Ramani Huria is a Swahili phrase that means “The Open Map of Dar es Salaam” and getting more than 100 people from different Government and Non Government Institutions was the perfect opportunity to talk about Community Mapping and how it can be used for Flood Resilience. 26th March, 2015 was the Kick Off Workshop for a string of Mapping activities that will continue throughout the year. The day kicked off at 9.30 with a Video showing the effects of flooding on Dar es Salaam one of the fastest growing cities in Africa…Read more

Community Mapping For Flood Resilience First Mapping Exercise

The official launch introduced a number of leaders and partners to the “Community Mapping For Flood Resilience Project” where people gave their thoughts and views on this disasters and how mapping can be used as a tool to fight it off . A team of 15 students from Arhdi University were carefully selected to be trained in this project in a 2 weeks exercise that will expose them more into the whole project and mapping process. The project is using an open source mapping platform as the base for data collection, digitization, analysis…Read more

Drone Demostration At Ndugumbi Ward

Inclusive Institutions, Walid Malik a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, Chiara Bronchi a Lead Governance Specialist, Edward Anderson a Senior ICT Policy Specialist and Mark Iliffe a Geo-spatial Innovation Specialist who is the project Coordinator. Mark Iliffe explaining the project concept to the guests CREDIT: Ramani Huria A drone demonstration was made by the Sensefly Team at an open space near the Ward Offices. The Drones’ main purpose it to take clear aerial imagery to be used during the mapping process and additionally become available to any interested bodies for this data.  Read more

Drainage in Tandale

Tandale is an administrative ward in the Kinondoni district of the Dar es Salaam Region of Tanzania. According to the 2002 census, the ward has a total population of 45,058 people. It’s the Second Ward under Community Mapping For Flood Resilience project to be mapped to OpenstreetMap. A lot can be observed from the last time this area was massively mapped on OpenStreetMap by The GroundTruth Initiative led by Mark Iliffe in 2011. Tandale Ward Office CREDIT: Ramani Huria Settlement in Tandale has increased drastically making accessibility to clean water and proper sanitation…Read more

Mapping Party at Buni Hub – May 2015

  In this monthly Mapping Party, we will learn how to edit in OpenStreetMap for Humanitarian Responses to Natural Disasters like Earth Quakes, Floods, Land Slides using the HOT Tasking Manager. OSM Tasking Manager is a mapping tool designed and built for the Humanitarian OSM Team collaborative mapping. The purpose of the tool is to divide up a mapping job into smaller tasks that can be completed rapidly. It shows which areas need to be mapped and which areas need the mapping validated. Learning how to edit in OpenStreetMap will be useful for…Read more

Drone Aerial Imagery Used For Commuity Mapping For Flood Resilience in Ndugumbi Ward

The residents in Dar es Salaam were given a taste of state of the art technology being used in the Dar Ramani Huria project to capture imagery for use in the ongoing Mapping Exercise. Seeing the ebee Drone from Sense Fly in the sky you wont differentiate it from any other birds in the sky, its only if you saw it taking off from the ground that you would believe that they are actually drones. These devices are programmed to fly in a certain direction at a particular height in the sky as…Read more