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.

Example of JOSM in use. PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

Example of JOSM in use. PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

The students who signed up following the workshop participated in three days of training hosted at the University of Dar es Salaam. The training was conducted by fifteen student supervisors from Ardhi University, who prior to leading the training received three months of instruction with Ramani Huria. The three days of training for new students included an introduction to OpenStreetMap (a free editable map of the world) and mapping tools such as field papers (including their use and how one can create his/her own) and the GPS Unit (eTrex 30), used to record tracks and waypoints. In addition to the learning curriculum, the training included use of the OSM Tracker (an open source Android phone application available in the Google Play Store) which does the same work as the GPS Unit for data collection, but has a more user friendly interface. Lastly, training was given in JOSM software, an open source offline editing tool of OpenStreetMap. A variety of editing techniques and skills were taught to the students during the training.

Students at scale up training PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

Students at scale up training PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

The first two days of training were theory based with the third and final day being fully practical and hands on. Students applied their newly gained knowledge to map with areas across the University of Dar es Salaam campus.

Following the training session Ramani Huria successfully activated one hundred fifty new active OpenStreetMap users from the two universities. These students will be part of the community mapping of six wards across Dar es Salaam. These six wards were selected from seventeen flood prone wards and include Mabibo, Mburahati, Makurumla, Makumbusho Msasani and Keko.

At a later stage, the data collected and edited in OpenStreetMap will be used in InaSAFE (an open source software used in QGIS) to help model disaster scenarios and will provide information to assist in allowing for better planning and response to floods by government authorities/offices.

Students at scale up training PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

Students at scale up training PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

Through participating in this training the students have receiving skills not taught within their school curriculum, giving them an advantage in future employment. In addition, Ramani Huria aims to have active mappers even after the project has accomplished its goals. One way this is already being put into practice is through monthly mapping parties. These are open to all members of the community, in addition to students, and we invite enthusiastic and new mappers to help edit areas that need maps with the use of the HOT Tasking Manager. Stay tuned for updates on the next mapping party and additional ways of how you too can be involved in community mapping!

This article has 2 comments

  1. ABEL BAGONZA Reply

    I have enjoyed to be with you in Vingunguti Ward for almost a week from 11 to date sept, 2015. I have enjoyed to interact to some of you in that piece of work at particularly Mtakuja area, Mississpi and Titanic streets gathering relevant data, and i really learning alot the issue pertaining mapping procedures and collecting data using aerial photography. I could not proceed with u till end because even me i’m doing field work activity to accomplish my studies. I hope to see you if our almighty God wish.
    All the best
    Bagonza, Abel
    MSW st persuing at ISW.

    • sophie.lafayette@hotosm.org Reply

      Thanks Abel for the wonderful comment. We’re really glad you are part of the mapping process and that you’re learning about various mapping tools. We hope that your work with Ramani Huria can help with your studies & that you’ll continue to be part of the mapping community in Tanzania!

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