State of the Map Africa 2021

From local communities to local chapters.
2021-11-20, 14:00–15:00 (UTC), Room 2
Language: English

This panel discussion will look into the opportunities and barriers around becoming a local chapter from the perspective of OSM communities in Africa as well as share best practices to bring together multiple groups that are contributing to OpenStreetMap in the same country to form a national level local chapter. And lastly, dig into the issue of doing paid work as a local OSM community and the best ways to handle it so it benefits the community.


OpenStreetMap Local Chapters are country-level or region-level not-for-profit organizations affiliated to the OSM Foundation that represent the area's map and mappers when dealing with local government, business, and media. Currently, there are 15 local chapters affiliated with the OpenStreetMap Foundation with 1 in Oceania, 1 in Africa, 11 in Europe, 1 in North America, and 1 in Latin America.

This panel discussion will look into the opportunities and barriers around becoming a local chapter from the perspective of OSM communities in Africa as well as share best practices to bring together multiple groups that are contributing to OpenStreetMap in the same country to form a national level local chapter. And lastly, dig into the issue of doing paid work as a local OSM community and the best ways to handle it so it benefits the community.

Geoffrey Kateregga is the Community Manager at Eastern and Southern Africa Open Mapping Hub of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Geoffrey has been working with HOT since 2015. He is also an active member of the OpenStreetMap Africa community - a network of local OpenStreetMap communities from all over Africa organizing State of the Map Africa and joining hands to share resources and collaborate to grow and produce a complete and well-detailed map of Africa on OpenStreetMap in order to advance the quality, completeness, and sustainability of geospatial data in Africa.

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