Microgrants/Microgrants 2020/Proposal/Mapping Villages and Settlements in Kosovo

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Mapping Settlements in Kosovo
Twelve mapathons are planned to be organized with high school students to map their settlements. This will be done in cooperation with ASSET (an afterschool activity project that aims to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in youth and a positive attitude to their future ASSET ).
budget (Euro)4600
contact(s)• info@flossk.org• www.flossk.org / www.osmkosova.org
organization (if applicable)• FLOSSK

About your Mapping Community

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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 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.

Twelve mapathons are planned to be organized with high school students to map their settlements. This will be done in cooperation with ASSET (an afterschool activity project that aims to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in youth and a positive attitude to their future http://asset-ks.org/ ).

We will divide settlements through maproulette. The young people engaged in mapathons will have their activity counted as volunteer hours in the government scheme.

In the end of the project we will organize an OpenStreetMap awards ceremony, in which we will handle prizes for 5 best map editors of this project.

Through this initiative we believe that we can grow our community in different cities. We already have an active community in the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina, but involving other municipalities broadens our community, raises diversity and expands local knowledge.

We are aware of the challenges that we might face such as the motivation of youngsters to be part of the community, to contribute continuously and not briefly, but based on our previous experiences with this kind of projects and cooperation with ASSET we are very optimistic that with specific targets we will make a difference.

Budget breakdown

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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 Internet and web hosting 45 Eur 12 months 540 Eur Internet access, and OSM Kosovo web services
2 Office rent 70 Eur 12 months 840 Eur For daily operation and communication, ⅕ of our monthly office cost
3 Printing materials 20 Eur 120 pieces 240 Eur OSM guidance and instructions along with promotion materials such as stickers etc.
4 Social Media 10 Eur 12 months 120 Eur Promoting editathons, our OSM website and activities related to the project
6 Editathon supplies and refreshments 70 Eur 12 events 840 Eur Food and refreshments, setting up and carrying equipment (10 laptops, gps, and camera) for mapathon needs
7 Training and mentoring 50 Eur 12 events 600 Eur Minimal allowance for trainer on editathons
8 5 Prizes for Best Contributors 4


50 Eur

100 Eur

300 Eur 5 best OSM contributors of the project will be awarded (first place with 100 eur, 4 others with 50 eur)
8 Traveling costs 60 Eur 12 months 720 Eur Travel costs, visiting municipalities for organizing mapathons, meetings and info sessions
9 OpenStreetMap Award Ceremony 400 Eur 1 event 400 Eur Snacks and refreshments for Organizing Award Ceremony
Total: 4600 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.

Improve settlements with local crowdsourced information; Introduce 300+ students to OSM mapping; Improving free map coverage of Kosovo in OSM; 12 new offline volunteers recruited through offline events; 2000+ edits made by recruited editors

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. At this moment we are in negotiations to include other interested institutions to support us in this and other related OSM projects.

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, you 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.

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Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I endorse this proposal. following the work done from this community in the previous couple of years and even before. Redon Skikuli
  • I endorse this proposal. DenisJu
  • I endorse this proposal. – jbelien (talk) 15:24, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I endorse this proposal. Sidorela (talk) 17:02, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
  • eda_n: I endorse this project request --Eda n (talk) 22:02, 15 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I endorse this proposal. – I celebrate that the proposal will reach several hundred students and encourage them to be part of the OSM community. Craig Allan
  • I endorse this proposal. – AnisKoutsi (talk) 19:52, 20 May 2020 (UTC)