Imagery Request

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Slums and informal settlements are rapidly growing globally, but remain unmapped due to their unofficial and often controversial status. Freely usable satellite imagery is one of the strongest tools available to make the invisible visible, and combined with crowd sourced map-mapking methods can create reusable data sets useful for a wide variety of actors.

Kibera is the largest slum in Africa, situated in Nairobi, Kenya. Many UN agencies, including UN-HABITAT, US Government agencies such as USAID, and NGOs, like Carolina for Kibera, have presence nearby in Nairobi, and as a result, Kibera is one of the most well known, researched, and serviced slums anywhere. Despite this focus, Kibera remains literally a blank spot on the map, its patterns of traffic, scarce water resources, limited medial facilities, etc. remain invisible to the outside world, and residents themselves. Without basic knowledge of the geography of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents of Kibera.

Map Kibera will produce the first complete free and open map of Kibera. This November, local motivated young people will be trained to create maps using OpenStreetMap techniques. This includes surveying with GPS, and digitization of satellite imagery and paper based annotation with Walking Papers. Individuals from the blossoming Nairobi tech scene will help train and make connections with the larger community, and create a sustainable group of map maintainers beyond the initial three week November effort. Data consumers will be consulted for their needs, to help add direction to feature types collected, and aided to immediately make use of the map data. This is being led by OSM's Mikel Maron who recently led a similar mapping project of the Gaza Strip and Jubal Hapster, lead developer of AgCommons and organizer of WhereCampAfrica.

High resolution, sub-meter satellite imagery of Kibera exists. With access and derivative rights to this imagery, we can more easily map Kibera, and provide a template for mapping slum areas around the world. The end result will be geo maps that can be used by NGOs, governments, industry and private citizens.

Bounding Boxes

Kibera Bounding Box: (36.7687, -1.3200, 36.8081, -1.3045)
Nairobi Bounding Box: (36.7276, -1.3656, 36.9415, -1.2304)

Nairobi metro wide imagery is welcome, as we will likely to have time in November to work on other slum areas of Nairobi

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