When Map Makers are ousted out of the map…

When Map Makers are ousted out of the map…

Last two months following the April 25 quake have been tumultuous, no doubt. The massive quake that left thousands of people homeless did not spare Kathmandu Living Labs either. The place that had been KLL’s home since its inception was rendered uninhabitable. During the first month after the quake, KLL was operating from the remainderRead more about When Map Makers are ousted out of the map…[…]

Nepal Earthquake: Update from KLL Situation Room, June 1

Nepal Earthquake: Update from KLL Situation Room, June 1

To draw meaning from data is the ultimate goal of any data collection effort. Once meaning is drawn from data, it prompts action. Here’s where visualization of data becomes vital as visualisations readily convey the meaning hidden in data. One such action-prompting visualization we’ve made for the earthquake response is this map at quakerelief.info. ThisRead more about Nepal Earthquake: Update from KLL Situation Room, June 1[…]

Nepal Earthquake: Updates from KLL Situation Room, May 27

Nepal Earthquake: Updates from KLL Situation Room, May 27

Additional Set of Volunteers at QuakeMap Yesterday, we highlighted the QuakeMap maxim of  “No report is left unclosed!” – meaning we are determined to see that all reports on QuakeMap get fully addressed. However, closing all 1800 reports takes time and resources. Thanks to Professional Development and Research Center (PDRC), we have an additional set ofRead more about Nepal Earthquake: Updates from KLL Situation Room, May 27[…]

Nepal Earthquake: Report from KLL Situation Room – Day 7 (May 2)

Nepal Earthquake: Report from KLL Situation Room – Day 7 (May 2)

In addition to a robust OSM Team of mappers working actively in coordination with international mappers to map disaster affected regions of Nepal, we also have a dedicated group of volunteers working in scouring social media to submit reports of affected areas, verifying the correctness of reports received, and connecting victims with aid organizations to mobilizeRead more about Nepal Earthquake: Report from KLL Situation Room – Day 7 (May 2)[…]

OpenStreetMap – working at the intersection of Public, Private and Government Interests

OpenStreetMap – working at the intersection of Public, Private and Government Interests

OpenStreetMap is too public for private and government purposes – Period. Come December 1, 2014, this notion has been challenged and for good. It all started with a sensitization presentation on OpenStreetMap to fhi360 officials and associated NGO representatives last December. Inspired by the philosophy and usefulness of OSM, fhi360 then arranged for two workshopsRead more about OpenStreetMap – working at the intersection of Public, Private and Government Interests[…]

An Unusual Blend of College Education, Open Mapping and Local Governance

An Unusual Blend of College Education, Open Mapping and Local Governance

Saturday, 13th of September woke up to an unusual blend of college education, open mapping and local governance. Over 70 students from Apex College, 20 facilitators and several other citizen volunteers mapped over 159 acres area in ward 7 of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. This Mapping Party was an unusual one – it was a gradedRead more about An Unusual Blend of College Education, Open Mapping and Local Governance[…]

Taxi Meter : Discussion sheds light on ground-level issues

Taxi Meter : Discussion sheds light on ground-level issues

“Listen to those who know.” How effective is taximeter in Nepal? What fraction of taxi users prefer bargaining over a running meter? What do those in the trade have to say about taximeter? Why is bargaining over taxi fare, although illegal, so rampant? Answers to these questions give us an insight into the problems thatRead more about Taxi Meter : Discussion sheds light on ground-level issues[…]

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