Nepal Earthquake: Report from OpenStreetMap Situation Room

Nepal Earthquake: Report from OpenStreetMap Situation Room

We could not communicate and gather together for over 20 hours after the devastating earthquake hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25. Despite all the practical difficulties (electricity, Internet, water etc.) and powerful aftershocks, we were able to establish a situation room on Sunday morning. Soon we established contact with Nepal Redcross through its GIS officer.Read more about Nepal Earthquake: Report from OpenStreetMap Situation Room[…]

“What might be our audiences’ needs?” – Designing Food Maps the Human Centered Way

“What might be our audiences’ needs?” – Designing Food Maps the Human Centered Way

Five of us from Kathmandu Living Labs are going to Bajrabarahi tomorrow to work on our new mapping project on Agriculture and Food Security. We are planning to train local youth and map out both the farms and farming practices, with the aim of helping farmers showcase their products as well as inspire youth toRead more about “What might be our audiences’ needs?” – Designing Food Maps the Human Centered Way[…]

Mapping Party at Biruwa Ventures

Mapping Party at Biruwa Ventures

Today, we had friends from Biruwa Ventures and Kathmandu Kora Cycling Challenge at Kathmandu Living Labs to learn OpenStreetMap basics. The party started off with Dr. Nama Budhathoki presenting on the basics of OpenStreetMap.  We had a screen displaying OpenStreetMap and a website that showed lives edits in OpenStreetMap. Our participants were totally engrossed toRead more about Mapping Party at Biruwa Ventures[…]

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[…]

OpenStreetMap hands-on to ICMS

OpenStreetMap hands-on to ICMS

Following the sensitization presentation on OpenStreetMap, Kathmandu Living Labs was invited to give OpenStreetMap hands-on to students at Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), Dhumbarahi. The 3-hour long hands-on was a part of the crisis mapping course delivered to students pursuing Master of Arts in Crisis Management. The goal of Monday’s evening workshop was to equipRead more about OpenStreetMap hands-on to ICMS[…]

OpenDataDay 2014 OSMPatrol: Senior Mappers Enhancing OSM data

OpenDataDay 2014 OSMPatrol: Senior Mappers Enhancing OSM data

Nepal celebrated Open Data Day for the first time in 2013. On this occasion, Kathmandu Living Labs had organized mapathon to train new mappers. After a year, the OSM community in Kathmandu, Nepal has grown in terms of contributors as well as contributions. Some are hit-and-run mappers, who have edited once and then vanished. SomeRead more about OpenDataDay 2014 OSMPatrol: Senior Mappers Enhancing OSM data[…]

Open Data Day 2014

Open Data Day 2014

“For data to be open, it should be available, accessible and machine-readable.” Participants at Open Data Day Nepal gathered together to work towards making data open. While participants of Mapathon created data and made it freely available and accessible to all via OpenStreetMap, participants of Hackathon worked on visualizing open datasets to make information accessibleRead more about Open Data Day 2014[…]

OpenStreetMap presentation to Institute of Crisis Management Studies

OpenStreetMap presentation to Institute of Crisis Management Studies

“A large population in Nepal faces disaster every year. Disaster is inherently tied to location” – Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki in his talk at Institute of Crisis Management Studies. Different organizations have been using OpenStreetMap in organizing and coordinating relief efforts. Haiti earthquake and Philippines typhoon are two such cases where OpenStreetMap was used toRead more about OpenStreetMap presentation to Institute of Crisis Management Studies[…]

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