State of the Map Africa 2021

GeOsm : The first mapping data-based social network
2021-11-21, 09:50–10:50 (UTC), Room 2
Language: English

The goal of GeOsm initiative is to make an open source platform available for the whole digital community. We believe a reliable open spatial data infrastructure will initiate many economic activities. It will facilitate the creation of an ecosystem of companies, start-ups and civil society initiatives that will develop innovations based on those newly accessible spatial data. While their activities grow, those users will enrich this shared infrastructure.


Access to data should not be a luxury ! It's a path to greater equality, everywhere in the world. It's an opportunity for civic engagement and an essential way to access critical services. Open data improves educational attainment, access to basic social services, helps people grow more food, and find or create new jobs and opportunities.

Our goal is to create a mapping data-based social network for territory stakeholders.It is a complicated process to bring a geoplatform with up-to-date and reliable data to communities around the world. It's a path to greater equality, everywhere in the world. It's an opportunity for civic engagement and an essential way to access critical services. Open data improves educational attainment, access to basic social services, helps people grow more food, and find or create new jobs and opportunities.

We want to work with different actors of the digital ecosystem to facilitate the promotion of our tool to those who need it. And it will be up to each community to appropriate the approach in an innovative way to help states, associations, people, companies and the environment.
Because access to information is synonymous with progress, we have created the first mapping data-based social network to connect and empower communities.

Willy Franck SOB is the CEO of SOGEFI, a company specialized in geospatial and land management. He is passionate about the implementation of open source location intelligence platforms  in developing countries. He is an active member in the OpenStreetMap Community with which he created GeOsm (https://geo.sm), a key infrastructure of developing countries digital transformation. His expertise is recognised by several international institutions(The World Bank, GIZ, UNESCO, UN-Habitat, AFD, etc.),

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