Unite Maps Initiative/UN Mappers
Global peace needs global contribution. The contribution of everybody is important for peace.
United Nations helps countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace. Peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict prevention activities are the main objectives of our mapping activities. There is enormous potential for new technologies to improve the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions, as they respond to an ever-growing list of tasks in increasingly complex field environments. Your help can make the difference. Become a UN Mapper.
How to join us
Our activities are accessible and open for participation for anyone who wants to contribute towards the project. The project aims to overcome the problems of lack of topographic data in the field mission areas for delivering accurate and up-to-date base information, for the missions peacekeeping, to the users and stakeholders.
To become a UN Mapper you can join our local events or participate remotely by mapping in the tasks released on the HOT Tasking Manager. Follow UN Mappers on Eventbrite to stay updated.
New to OSM? Learn how to map
If you are new to OpenStreetMap find below some basic informations to start mapping.
The first step to start contributing to OSM is to get an account. To create you own account, sign up to OpenStreetMap here https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new
Once you have an account, you are ready to start mapping.
There are two main editors for OSM: iD (browser based) and JOSM (standalone desktop application).
A good way to get familiar with the structure of OSM is to follow the walkthrough that can be found in the iD editor. Once logged to OSM the walkthrough can be launched by activating the editing mode zooming in to the map until the Edit button on the upper left corner becomes selectable and typing ‘H’ in your keyboard or by selecting the help icon on the right side bar. Click on Start the Walkthrough to enter the walkthrough.
Useful informations about how to map in OSM can be found in the LearnOSM page: https://learnosm.org/en/beginner/
JOSM Editor is a desktop application to edit OSM that can be downloaded from the following page https://learnosm.org/en/beginner/
A full guide to start mapping with JOSM is available in the dedicated LearnOSM section at this url https://learnosm.org/en/josm/start-josm/
There are some helpful plugins to improve the mapping process that we usually use:
BuildingTools: fast and simple drawing of rectangular and round buildings.
FastDraw: tool to speed up the drawing of lines without too much clicking.
To install a plugin in JOSM press F12 to launch the Preferences dialog, then select the tab Configure Available Plugins and Download List, tick the checkbox for every plugin you want to install.
Our tasks are available through the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Tasking Manager (HOT TM). Click here to see our active tasks.
To start mapping enter the TM with your own OpenStreetMap account.
Mapathons and Events
Upcoming and active tasks
|HOT TM project||14-26 Febr 2020||#7917 - United Nations for Somalia, Barag Ismaciil, buildings||Buildings||Finished||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||14 Febr 2020 - 24 April 2020||#7918 - United Nations for Somalia, Qararow area, waterways||Waterways||Finished||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||14 Febr - 3 Mars 2020||#7920 - United Nations for Somalia, Somalia, Aual Alas, roads and barriers||Roads and barriers||Finished||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||14 Febr 2020 -||#7927 - United Nations for Somalia, Qosol Tire area, landuse and landcover||landuse and landcover||Active||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||14 Febr 2020 -||#8005 - United Nations for Somalia, Dabagalo area, Places, buildings and roads||Places nodes, residential areas, buildings and road network||Active||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Febr 2020 -||#8017 - United Nations for Somalia, Ris area, barriers and roads||Roads and barriers||Active||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Febr 2020 -||#8015 - United Nations for Somalia, Caad area, barriers and roads||Roads and barriers||Active||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Mar 2020 - 02 June 2020||#8221 - United Nations for Central African Republic, De Gaulle area, roads||Roads||Finished||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Mar 2020 -||#8222 - United Nations for Central African Republic, North De Gaulle area, roads||Roads||Validating||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Mar 2020 -||#8223 - United Nations for Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mwenda area, roads||Roads||Active||OSM Community|
|HOT TM project||25 Mar 2020 -||#8224 - United Nations for Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bwera area, roads||Roads||Validating||OSM Community|
|Type||Dates||Project & Import Wikipage||Import Workflow||Description||Status||Done by|
|HOT TM projects||19 Apr 2020 -||Somalia UNSOS waterways import||Workflow||Import of waterways from UNSOS||Active||OSM Community|
You can find the UN Mappers Leaderboard at this link. The leaderboard is computed with OSM data of contributors commenting their changesets with the hashtag #UNMappers in the countries of interest of UN Missions involved in this mapping project.
Getting in touch
We are based at the United Nations Global Service Center in Brindisi (Italy). Feel free to get in touch with us through the following social media channels!