Philippines/OSMaPaaralan

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This project is a portmanteau of OSM + Map + Paaralan - to collaboratively map public schools (paaralan) in the Philippines, on OpenStreetMap.

This is a public mapping effort, and local communities are encouraged to contribute.

Background

In the Philippines, public schools are not only institutions for education but are also

  • de facto community centers, and serve as landmarks;
  • used as polling precincts during elections;
  • buildings often serve as temporary shelters, during emergencies

The goal is to improve school location data on OpenStreetMap, using DepEd CY 2013 data (archived here, cleaned-up here) with explicit permission from the agency to integrate them to OSM.

Data from DepEd

The data released by DepEd includes location data but is not going to be imported directly. Instead they will be validated visually using available imagery. Select attributes that has been tidied-up and available will be added to OSM, as well:

DepEd Attributes
Keys Value
amenity school
name
old_name
short_name
population:pupils:2012 CY 2012 enrollment
population:pupils:2015 CY 2015 enrollment
ref DepEd reference id
addr:province Province
addr:municipality Municipality
addr:city City
addr:district District
addr:village Barangay
addr:neighbourhood
addr:hamlet Sitio
addr:housenumber House number
addr:street
addr:street:corner intersecting street
isced:level
operator "Department of Education, Philippines" or the specific school district and division as stated in the list
operator:type public
start_date date started operations
education_program
specialized_education This key is combined with education program for specialized curricula. (e.g. education_program=specialized_education + specialized_education=special_needs). This will also be useful for capturing the tracks offered by senior high schools in the country. Tag needs to be documented.

Attribution

The value for the source tag of the feature is "Department of Education, CY 2012 Public Schools Masterlist."

Statistics

The following table is going to be updated every quarter. More regular updates are found here.

Query date Quarter PHL schools in OSM Diff, quarterly Diff, yearly
2019-12-31 2019-Q4 20,782 +2,139 4,337
2019-Q3 18,643 +413
2019-Q2 18,230 +705
2019-Q1 17,525 +1,080
2018-12-31 2018-Q4 16,445 +1,570 2,241
2018-Q3 14,875 +523
2018-Q2 14,352 +323
2018-Q1 14,029 -175
2017-10-07 2017-Q4 14,204 +286 1,897
2017-Q3 13,918 +369
2017-Q2 13,549 +564
2017-Q1 12,985 +678
2016-12-31 12,307 2,448
2015-12-31 9,859 922
2014-12-31 8,937 1,503
2013-12-31 7,434 1,868
2012-12-31 5,566 -

Micro-tasking

The task is available as a MapRoulette challenge: https://maproulette.org/browse/challenges/9413 .

Issues

This particular MapRoulette challenge could create tags with "null" values. To address this, local volunteers (primarily from MapAmore) will conduct regular review and validation of features added by the task, queried with Overpass Turbo.

Activities

Efforts towards this project can be traced back to 2013[1], and its 2019 revival is meant to complement the local community's Tabang-AI initiative, as a follow-up activity for areas completed under said effort. Schools in those completed areas will be prioritized by the micro-tasking manager.

The MapAmore Initiative is leading mapping and validation activities during their MapaTime sessions with regular volunteers from PUP San Juan, and by other contributors in mapping activities they organize.

Hashtag

Use the #OSMaPaaralan hashtag in changeset comments, and social media posts, in addition to your group's own hashtag.

References

A Mapping Guide and introductory deck for workshops and mapathons is available here, while an earlier documentation of earlier efforts are here.