Lesotho Mapathon 2014

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The Lesotho Mapathon 2014 event took place as part of the MapLesotho initiative. This was a global Mapathon on the 25th July 2014, mapping several areas of Lesotho

Promotion poster created by Lesotho mappers for the event

Past event information

Pick Your Mapping Task

These were the tasks arranged for the event, but they're still open for contribution. See Lesotho page for coordination

There are 2 mapping tasks as part of this mapathon, one rural, covering most of the center and east of Lesotho and one urban covering the main towns and cities on the north, south & west of Lesotho. Everything you need to know for each task is detailed on the OSM Tasking Manager.

HOT Task # 597 - Urban Mapathon Task

HOT Task # 599 - Rural Mapathon Task

#MapLesotho Background

Lesotho & Irish mappers using OSM
OSM data used to highlight buildings under construction in Mafeteng
Local Lesotho mappers performing surveys prior to adding data to OSM

In conjunction with Action Ireland Trust, a number of Irish OSM members from Fingal County Council traveled to Lesotho for a number of weeks in 2013 and then again early in 2014 to assist and train district planners in utilising OSM data. This was done in agreement with the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftainship and the Chief Physical Planner of Lesotho. The trip culminated in an historic memorandum of understanding between Lesotho and Fingal County Council mentioned here: http://www.corr.ie/blog/4567078398/Fingal-County-Council-sign-historic-agreement-with-Lesotho-Government/7628289

Another group are planning to travel in early 2015 with the following objectives as part of their visit:

  • Create an OSM community in Lesotho by engaging with local communities and providing training and guidance on surveying and updating OSM
  • Create a basemap of the country for use by all
  • Create an evidence base for decision makers
  • Create an awareness of Urban Design

#MapLesotho Goals

The goal of the 25th July 2014 #MapLesotho mapathon is to assist with creating a basemap of the country which can be built upon by locals as Lesotho is largely a blank canvas. The aim is to achieve this using the HOT Tasking Manager. Lesotho urgently needs a basemap on OSM for the following reasons:

- Humanitarian organisations can gain flexible and free access to support their logistics

- Public Sector organisations in Lesotho can have electronic access to a single source of spatial information to support national environmental goals

- Citizens and stakeholders in Lesotho need a spatial evidence base to support their engagement and understanding with the physical layout of the country

#MapLesotho OSM Best Practise for Mappers

Roads should be tagged according to the Highway Tag Africa scheme.

Attention should be paid to small circular buildings which are traditional Basotho huts. These are more common in rural areas and should be tagged as building=hut.

Spread the word

Tweet using hashtag #MapLesotho

Use short link - http://bit.ly/1pM1Qjf to link to this page

OSM Related

  • OSMStats - Daily, weekly & monthly stats for qty of people editing, nodes added, deleted & modified
  • ITOworld - Heatmap showing 90 day activity for Lesotho area
  • New Mappers - Shows 2 day & 7 day markers for new people editing in the Lesotho area

Quality controls