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Zoom level : 13
Latitude : -1.2802
Longitude : 36.8346

Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya

Map Kibera

Mapping Kibera by paper and GPS

Map Kibera began in 2009, completing the first free and open map of Kibera. Without basic knowledge of the geography of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents of Kibera. Check out for details of this project in which young Kiberans have created the first public digital map of Kibera.

Since then Map Kibera has completed many projects, from election mapping, school mapping, and budget mapping.

Other events

If you're in Nairobi please feel free to get involved in Map Kibera, or to think about other Nairobi mapping events. Put the details here.


OSM people in Nairobi, Welcome! Get involved

If you have a wiki user page here, put [[Category:Users in Nairobi]] at the bottom, to add yourself to Category:Users in Nairobi

Mapping progress

User:Bo robert pedersen and others have done some mapping - mainly from Yahoo! Aerial Imagery tracing (note the visible line down the left of the Nairobi map where the imagery coverage runs out)

User:PZastoupil was working on Nairobi and the surrounding areas as he collects tracks.

Map Kibera Import

On January 11, 2010, MapKibera public domain data was imported into OpenStreetMap, by Mikel. Further work in Kibera by Map Kibera is taking place in OpenStreetMap directly.

This is perhaps the densest OSM data set ever collected. It has mostly been collected by new users to OSM. They need our help in polishing this comprehensive and unique data set. Great if you are interested to help. It's highly advised that you read this blog post on the data collection process in Kibera, and get in touch with Mikel.

  • Merge With Existing Data A few features were already present in OSM in Kibera .. these need to be removed. Roads in Kibera need connection to the Nairobi network.
  • MapLint Any obvious erroneous mapping problems need correction.
  • Proper Capitalization
  • Unified Tagging Mappers didn't necessarily follow the same tagging scheme. Often only a NOTES tag was used, or whatever tag seemed closest to what is meant. Tags need unification (ex. water points) and new tags developed where necessary (ex. posho mills).

We do have use of other Data Sources. The satellite imagery from AAAS could be used usefully for another sweep. The RESPOND Kibera map can be used to check for completeness and proper naming, though note that Map Kibera seems to have more comprehensive date. We can also use mapkiberaproject data, which only covers Kianda.

Map checking tools

  • Keep Right is a tool that tries to automatically identify problems in the map data and pinpoint them on the map. Please note that the problem database is recalculated only about once a week.
  • Notes are a similar tool, but the problems are not searched automatically but marked by users.

More map checking tools are listed on the Quality Assurance page