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

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Status and Report Type

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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)

Istog - 19.12.2020
Suhareke 23.01.2021
Prishtine - 14.11.2020

Around 10-15 students participated in each training.

Project continuation.

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

The goal of the activities in this part of the project were to teach students to gather points of interest. This was done by teaching the students how to use OsmAnd and the steps they ought to take to put points of interest in OpenStreetMap. Firstly, students were trained on how to use the application and then they were advised when they should go out in the field and gather POI.

There were physical trainings held in each school where students were prepared to map and then they continued the process independently with their professors as supervisors. Some of them worked individually while some of them worked in groups. Students were compensated for their work with 15 euros for their contribution and 5 euros for phone charges. At the end of their sessions students had to provide proof of their work through the number of edits done and the compensation was given to the professors and they distributed it among the students. Students from the following schools participated in this part of the project:

  1. ‘’Gjon Buzuku’’ Prizren - 4 June 2021
  2. ‘’Haxhi Zeka’’ Istog - 11 June 2021
  3. "Xhelal Hajda-Toni" Rahovec - 11 June 2021
  4. ‘’Dardania’’ Hani i Elezit - 22 June 2021
  5. ‘’Hivzi Sylejmani’’ Fushë Kosovë - 22 June 2021
  6. ‘’Eqrem Cabej’’ Vushtrri - 22 June 2021

Beside this, an award ceremony for students with the most contributions to the free map OpenStreetMap was held. During 16 mapathons with partner schools, students have been skilled in mapping on OSM and have been awarded for their contribution.

The five winning students have made 7706 edits in total, while winners based on the number of edits are:

1. Korab Haxhiu – School “Haxhi Zeka”, Istog – 1883 edits

2. Fatjeta Gashi – School “Haxhi Zeka”, Istog – 1872 edits

3. Suela Hasani – School “Eqrem Cabej”, Vushtrri – 1018 edits

4. Bedri Kalisi – School “Dardania”, Hani i Elezit – 909 edits

5. Fabian Zeqiraj – School “Haxhi Zeka”, Istog – 320 edits

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.

Project continuation.

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

Students edited their living and school areas for some time and we were able to gather the total number of edits for each school. Students from Prizren all together made 200 edits, students from Istog also made around 200 edits in total, while students from Rahovec made around 100 edits. Students from Hani i Elezit, Fushë Kosova, and Vushtrri each made around 150 edits. In total 48 students participated in this part of the project with 10 students from Prizren, 11 from Istog, 10 from Rahovec, 6 from Hani i Elezit, 5 from Fushë Kosova, and 6 from Vushtrri. The most important and valuable result of this project is that students did this work mostly independently and there is a chance that they might continue to add Points of Interest just because of their interest and enthusiasm to map. Their contributions are also valuable for their hometown's representation in OsmAnd. Moreover, five students were awarded for their number of contributions to OpenStreetMap.

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?
OSM POI Rahovec 11.06.2021
OSM POI in Prizren 04.06.2021
OSM Award Ceremony

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.
Explain what POI is and how to enter objects in OSM via smartphones (project continuation) Students were introduced to POI and the OsmAnd application through 1 hour trainings for each school The target which was set was achieved and OsmAnd was introduced as an easier tool to gather data and enrich a specific area
6 to 20 participants per school (project continuation) Overall 48 students participated in this project A medium number of students participated in this part of the project. This could be explained by the students’ own interest to participate since the time of the implementation is the time of the end of the school year and most students weren’t in school.
Students working independently in the field (project continuation) All of the students worked individually or as groups to gather the data This target was achieved. After the training students worked alone without the need of a mentor. Their professors served as supervisors to check their work at the end.
OpenStreetMap awards ceremony An awards ceremony was held on 26/05/2021 The target that was set was achieved and students with the most edits were given an award. Total edits from the students were 7706 edits.

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Step 4. Learning

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.

Project continuation.

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

Some of the students who participated in this project, were also part of other trainings about OpenStreetMap and their interest, readiness, and enthusiasm to work with OpenStreetMap made the process much easier. Perhaps similar activities could be implemented in another time when more students are in school and the trainings and workshop could be integrated within the learning hours.

Step 5. Grant funds used

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

We managed to spend all funds.

Most of the money where spend on, internet and web hosting, rent, minimal allowance for trainers on mapathons, traveling and refreshments, the award ceremony, prizes for best contributors, and POI expenses.

Step 6. Unused funds

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

  • 1,62 eur

Step 7. Anything else?

Is there anything else you want to share about your project?


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