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[…]

Climate change – from hot, sweet Yo:mari to cold, sweeter cakes!

Climate change – from hot, sweet Yo:mari to cold, sweeter cakes!

A chilly morning of December 18, KLL was all set to deliver a day long mapping workshop to the Youth Forum of Climate Change – organized by ICIMOD at AITM, Lalitpur. Too bad we couldn’t start it with real, hot Yo:maris, a local dish prepared specially at this time of the year. But we didRead more about Climate change – from hot, sweet Yo:mari to cold, sweeter cakes![…]

A German Mapper at Kathmandu Living Labs!

A German Mapper at Kathmandu Living Labs!

Germany- a country where maps and map data are available in a huge variety. What perspective does a German Geography student bring to OSM Nepal and how can she learn from mapping practices in the Nepalese capital? During my studies in Geography at the University of Heidelberg, I learnt about different kinds of maps that are available inRead more about A German Mapper at Kathmandu Living Labs![…]

Crisis in the Philippines: We are with you

Crisis in the Philippines: We are with you

On November 8 last week, a devastating typhoon swept across the Philippines and has wrecked havoc in the country. In the wake of its catastrophic effects, humanitarian organizations, aid agencies and hundreds of volunteers from the world are jointly pushing the humanitarian efforts forward. We at Kathmandu Living Labs are also doing our bit. ForRead more about Crisis in the Philippines: We are with you[…]

Kathmandu Living Labs gives OpenStreetMap workshop to Nepal Red Cross

Kathmandu Living Labs gives OpenStreetMap workshop to Nepal Red Cross

On September 17, 2013 Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) was invited by International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) Nepal to share its experiences on OpenStreetMapping in humanitarian activities. Read this. Fascinated by the current activities of KLL and the potential uses of open data, Nepal Red Cross Society showed its interest to follow up with a MappingRead more about Kathmandu Living Labs gives OpenStreetMap workshop to Nepal Red Cross[…]

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