On Wednesday June 20th 2012, Fruits of Thought , together with the founders of Ground-truth Initiative Mikel Maron and Erica Hagen, members from the
Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, and the
World Bank organised a two-day workshop at
Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology with 20 students of Urban Planning.
Participants were trained in data collection using tools like a Geographical Positioning System (G.P.S), and other software. They mapped different areas and features within the University and digitised the collected information, which was uploaded to the OpenStreetMap.
The digitised information, and activities from day 1 were used to introduce Community Mapping and reporting tools that could be used to make on-line reports and various ways of identifying and referencing areas/features that might need attention in a given community. A sample on-line reporting system for the University was created, and is available on this link.
The workshop provided useful methods and techniques for community involvement, as well as technologies that can be used for urban planning and development to the participants. There was also knowledge exchange with related projects that are taking place across East Africa in Kenya and Dar-e-salaam.
The Director of Ground Truth's Map Kibera Project (Voice of Kibera) , Kefa Ngito was available on day 2 to share experiences with the participants. Experts from National water and sewerage corporation , Umeme geographical information (gis) department, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), and Makindye Division Roads Maintenance also participated in the workshop.
Other event details are on the open street map wiki page .