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

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Status and Report Type

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type = interim

status = draft

Step 1. Methods and Activities

Tell us about what happened during the planning, execution and follow-up stages of your project. Please share stories of both your triumphs and your challenges.

During this first part of our project we were able to hold 6 successful mapping sessions while 2 of them were not successful. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions we had to hold every training loonline and this made the process a little bit difficult but we still managed to introduce students to OSM mapping. Beside this we were able to improve map coverage of Kosovo in OSM. Furthermore, we were able to expand our partnership with KEC with their project ASSET by adding 4 more schools to the initial 12. This way we look forward to holding four more trainings after the initial 12 are completed.

Editathons were usually held on Saturdays and lasted from 4-5 hours. During the first hour we had free discussions with the students about their knowledge of OSM. After, we continued to teach them how to edit their cities or villages in OSM. In total we held 6 edithathons in these cities:

1. Gjilan - 17 october 2020 (Editathon)

2. Kamenica - 24 October 2020 (Editathon)

3. Lipjan - 31 October 2020 (Editathon)

4. Prishtine - 14 November 2020 (Editathon)

5. Prishtine- 21 November 2020 (Editathon)

6. Suharekë - 23 January 2021 Suhareke (Editathon)

7. Obiliq - 13 January 2021 (Editathon)

8. Prizren - 09 March 2021 (Editathon)

9. Rahovec - 11 March 2021 (Editathon)

10. Gjakove - 20 March 2021 (Editathon)

11. Vushtrri - 20 March 2021 (Editathon)

12. Hani i Elezit - 27 March 2021 (Editathon)

Around 10-15 students participated in each training.

Step 2. Outcome

What is the most important and valuable result of your project? What did it change, solve or accomplish? If the goal was a mapping goal, please provide before and after images. If this was a software project, please provide a link to the project.
Prizren - 09.03.2021
Our main goal was to give the opportunity to students in other cities and villages in Kosovo to know more about OSM and its opportunities. During this first part of the project we have partly achieved this goal by holding editathons for many groups of students. During the online sessions of the editathon, students were allowed to share their screen while they were mapping and this allowed for further comments and collaboration with the trainer.
Istog - 19.12.2020
Suhareke 23.01.2021
Prishtine - 14.11.2020

Step 3. Detail Report

Please report on your original project targets, use the below table to:

  • List each of your original targets from your project plan.
  • List the actual outcome that was achieved.
  • Explain how your outcome compares with the original target. Did you reach your targets? Why or why not?

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Improve settlements with local crowdsourced information we achieved to improve some villages and cities’ information through the work of students We still aim to gather more information through other editathons that will be held.
Introduce 300+ students to OSM mapping Around 90 students were introduced to OSM mapping We aim to introduce around 200 students to editing on OSM. COVID-19 has banned all physical meetings and because of this we can’t achieve the planned 300+.
12 new offline volunteers recruited through offline events; We couldn't hold offline events and couldn’t meet the students in person We plan to hold offline meetings if the COVID-19 restrictions get better.

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Step 4. Learning

Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?
  • What did not work so well?
  • What would you do differently next time?

The students were able to understand how OSM functions and how to map their hometowns. Because the editathons were held online, the process of teaching students how to map wasn’t that easy.

Step 5. Grant funds used

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

So far we managed to spend 1989,89 eur out of 4,600 eur that we have been granted.

Most of the money where spend on, internet and web hosting, rent, minimal allowance for trainers on mapathons, traveling and refreshments. The project is still running, the award ceremony and prizes for best contributors will be delivered soon.

Step 6. Unused funds

If there are remaining funds, please list the amount here:

  • Let us know if you would like to use the remaining funds on a similar or new project. Remember, a grants officer must approve this request before you spend the money.

Project continuation.

Unused money (around 2,000 eur) will be spent on

"Entering on the map Points of Interest (POIs) in settlements" project.

As a continuation of the project we had with OSM Mapathons, this project will be working with most of the schools that the KEC-ASSET program has cooperation with. We will engage students to put the knowledge gained during mapathons by going out in the field and putting important objects in OpenStreetMap.

Form of activities

- One hour workshop with schools.

As a start, a 1-hour workshop will be delivered to held explain what POI is, how objects are entered into OSM via smartphones and what are the basic conditions that students must follow when entering data.

- All day work by students in the field.

In each school 6 to 20 students will participate, they will be divided by 2 people per team. One of the students will find the information while the other will enter the data into the database.

We are planning to work with 6 schools from 6 different cities.

Step 7. Anything else?

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