Microgrants/Microgrants 2020/Proposal/Creating street level imagery for Kosovo and Albania

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Creating street level imagery for Kosovo and Albania
Secure street level photography for 4,000 km of Kosovo roads within 4 months. These photos will be licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and made available to the community of popular platforms Mapillary and OpenStreetCam and through a nextcloud share
budget (Euro)4,930
location(s)Kosovo, Albania
contact(s)• Valmir Mustafa FLOSSK info@flossk.org• www.flossk.org twitter.com/flosskosova
organization (if applicable)• www.flossk.org
links• www.flossk.org

About your Mapping Community

Tell us a little bit about your mapping community at the moment, some examples of details to include are below, but please provide us with any information you think is relevant. Please write 100-200 words

OSM Kosovo is the community of OSM editors working on mapping Kosovo.

FLOSSK, which sponsors OSM Kosovo, for the past year has been working on the project “OpenStreetMap Kosovo: Developing geographic information systems and skills in Kosovo”, which started in June 2019 and  is expected to be completed by this month.

During the project, professional GIS trainings have been organized, MoUs were signed with municipalities for future cooperation and opening of geographical data, as well as with Kosovo Cadastral Agency from which we have secured street names, municipal boundaries, cadastral zones and settlement points which have been made available to OSM Kosovo community..

For the community we have organized meet-ups, invited local and foreign companies and individuals to present to the audience and OSM GEO-Week. Organized offline and online mapathons, and now at this time together with an after-school program, we have been organizing mapathons with high schools.

We have expanded the community, making 10k+ edits in OpenStreetMap.

Organized a 3-day conference dedicated to GIS and OSM (State of the Map Southeast Europe) with over 150 participants and speakers in October 2019.

We are in the final phase of creating the OSM Kosovo chapter, building a chapter website and visual identity.

What do you need the grant money for?

We want to understand what you plan to buy, how much you plan to buy, and why this will help you to scale your community mapping efforts. There are two tables for you to fill in your response, and you may add more rows as needed. Some examples are in the table for your reference. You are welcome to use a different format in your response, but please make sure to include these details.

Most active mappers of Kosovo and Albania don’t reside in these countries. As a physical organization based in Kosovo, we spend our effort in supporting them and others to be able to map Kosovo from their armchair. While we have provided lots of data to the community, having street level imagery to verify things on the ground would be quite helpful. We believe that free street level imagery would support the mappers to do quality work.

While we already have 2,000 km of travel projected to be photographed under a previous project, it was a trial operation and we intend to get imagery for more of Kosovo’s roads with a quality photographing rig and expand into Albania.

Budget breakdown

Give your budget breakdown here. If you would like to present your budget in a tabular format, you can use this tool to convert your spreadsheet into a wikitable and paste the code below here

Item What do you plan to spend the money on? Expected cost per unit (in Euros) Quantity you plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (in Euros) Why is it needed? (Please give as much detail as possible.)
1 Transport for street level photography 0.27 eur/km 4000 km 1080 Car use
2 Person involved by driving their own car 0.35 eur/km 4000 km 1400 Testing, mounting camera, Data integration and upload online (Mapillary, OpenStreetCam and own server)

Minimal allowance for person handling the work

3 Food and accommodation allowance for travel away from home 50 eur/day 10 500 Some overnight stay is necessary to avoid returning home each day
4 Equipment (Gopro, mounting system, accessories, spare batteries) 4 pieces + accessories 425 1,700
5 Storage 10 TB 250 EUR 1 250 Will be used for local storage of data and made available online.
Total: 4930 EUR

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

Secure street level photography for 4,000 km of Kosovo roads within 4 months. These photos will be licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 and made available to the community of popular platforms Mapillary and OpenStreetCam and through a nextcloud share.

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

If you receive funding from other organisations currently, please state how much this is, whether the donations are regular or one off, and how these funds have been raised. Please write no more than 300 words. If you have any sources of co-funding for this grant application, please provide details. Examples of this might be if you have any partners who would be willing to match grant funding if you receive it, or if your project has existing funding. Please provide as much detail as possible.

As mentioned, an ongoing ~10,000 EUR project will finish in June. 2,000 km of streets will be photographed under this grant giving us valuable knowledge for the more professional and larger phase proposed here.

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, I valmirmustafa / Valmir Mustafa, certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants committee are final.

Valmir Mustafa


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I endorse this proposal. – jbelien (talk) 15:17, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I endorse this proposal. Following the intensive work this organisation has done the last years and the contributions in numbers but also in terms of community building I fully endorse this proposal. Redon Skikuli
  • I endorse this proposal. Sidorela (talk) 17:03, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
  • eda_n: I endorse this project request --Eda n (talk) 21:59, 15 May 2020 (UTC)