CartONG

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Created in 2006 and based in Chambéry, CartONG is a French support NGO specialized in the full range of Information Management (IM) expertise – including Geographic Information Systems, Mobile Data Collection, data processing and transversal IM approaches.

CartONG’s main mission is to put data at the service of humanitarian, development and social action projects. Our use of IM tools and methodologies is dedicated to improving the quality and accountability of field activities, in particular through better needs assessments and monitoring & evaluation. We promote sharing and appropriation of data, tools and methods and are committed to working in a spirit of collaboration and partnership for sustainable impact.

CartONG is registered in France as a nonprofit, secular and apolitical loi 1901 association and is run democratically and transparently.

To find out more and follow our projects and latest news, visit our website.

History of CartONG with OSM

CartONG is among the relatively early users of OpenStreetMap in the humanitarian sector: we started promoting the concept back in 2008 and have also had the opportunity of working with some of the pioneers of the platform. In 2011 we became a member of the French OSM association. During the Ebola outbreak and as part of our partnership with MSF-CH, we led our first important project using OSM in 2014. Convinced of the tremendous potential of OSM in disaster response, CartONG decided to get further involved on this topic and to this end joined the Missing Maps project in 2015. Along the years we have successfully built a strong volunteer community of mappers and validators and we managed to implement multiple OSM-based projects.


Our projects with OSM

  • Remote mapping support for our main humanitarian partners and other small NGOs: between 2015 and 2020 CartONG has run about 200 on-site and online mapathons for about 30 different partners supporting more than 35 humanitarian and development projects
  • Refugee site mapping as part of our ongoing partnership with UNHCR: remote refugee site mapping, field data collection and OSM integration.
  • OSM-based participatory mapping projects: we extended the remote & field OSM contribution into a larger package of activities designed to better take into account the views and inputs of beneficiaries and local populations and bring new insights into humanitarian and development projects.
  • Remote support to local OSM communities: in particular, we have supported the creation of a local OSM group in Madagascar and we have since then continued to support them to structure and develop their activities, as well as other country communities
  • Promoting and raising awareness about OSM and Open Data in general.

The detail of our projects can be found on the wiki page for organized editing projects led by CartONG.


Ongoing projects

Year Project / Activation campaign Country Partner / Donor Additional information / Report
2020- Mapping of villages in Tajikistan Tajikistan Little Earth / GIZ
2020- Resilience and Food Security program support in Morombe District Madagascar SIF
2019- Urban rehabilitation program assesment support in Tunisia Tunisia ARRU / AFD News on CartONG's website
2019 Urban improvement project support in Boassa precarious settlement Burkina Faso Yaam Solidarités News on CartONG's website
2018- Refugee site mapping Multiple UNHCR News on CartONG's website about Ethiopia activation (2020)

Storymap on the Ethiopia activation (2019)

News on CartONG's website about Republic of Congo activation (2018)

2018- Water, sanitation and waste management project support in Dessalines Haiti Pays de Savoie Solidaires
2018- Flora & fauna assesment support in Rombo Wildlife Conservancy Kenya Rombo Wildlife Conservancy

Past projects

Year Project / Activation campaign Country Partner / Donor Additional information / Report
2020 Refugee site mapping - Myanmar Myanmar Solidarités International & UNHCR News on CartONG's website
2020 Environmental assesment support in Lome Togo MapATI / AMI CartONG bénévoles News on CartONG's website
2020 Water supply project support in Douala Cameroon Hydrauliques Sans Frontières
2019 Urban improvement project support in Saint Laurent du Maroni informal settlement French Guyane MaroniLab / EPFAM News on CartONG's website
2018-2019 Prevention of natural disaster and child trafficking projet support in Karnali region Nepal Karya uMap produced during the project
2019 Mapping unsafe places based on gender in Jérémie Haiti Care Haiti / UN Women News on CartONG's website
2019 Disaster Risque Reduction support in Portoviejo Equator Portoviejo Municipality
2019 WASH project support in Birmania Myanmar Solidarités International
2018 Mapping Health infrastucture access in Kalémie DRC Ministère de la Santé Publique RDC / GPSDD News on CartONG's website
2018 Agricultural and Livelyhooh support in Guano District Equator Ecosur
2018 Disaster Risk reduction support Madagascar Humanity & Inclusion
2018 Agricultural and Livelyhooh support in North Sourou Burkina Faso Terre des Hommes CH
2018 Refugee site mapping - Bangladesh refugee crisis Bangladesh Intercluster Bangladesh, Solidarités International, MSF News on CartONG's website about the support to MSF
2018 Heritage protection support in Dessalines Haiti Pays de Savoie Solidaires
2018 Health access improvment support in Akonolinga Cameroon CIRES
2018 Disaster risk reduction support Madagascar PHF News on CartONG's website
2018 Seismic hazard and toxic waste mapping support in Balken region Kirghizistan MSF - Switzerland

Join CartONG's community of volunteer mappers

Would you like to contribute to humanitarian mapping? Fill the blanks of the World map? Learn or improve your mapping skills? Learn how to use iD Editor and JOSM? Meet new people and chat around a good coffee?

Come join us in a participatory mapping workshop (or Mapathon), it's free and accessible to everyone!

  • Scheduled remote mapathons [French speaking]: every Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm (UTC+1), online. More info & registration on this Eventbrite page
  • Remote data quality control (validation) sessions [French speaking]: every Thursday morning from 10 to 12 am (UTC+1), online. Accessible to those who have taken part in at least one Mapathon. You're a validator or would like to learn data validation (using JOSM) and contribute to our projects? Please get in touch, we would be pleased to welcome you in the team!
  • Specific mapathon events: please check the Missing Maps website calendar for the date of our future in-presence or online specific mapathons.

Please note CartONG offers a wide range of volunteer activities linked with mapping & data management in general, more information on our website.

Get in touch!