Students breaking out of University Campus

March 7, 2012 - 4:24pm -- kim

On the 11th of February Mapping Day UG re-visited the Mukono University (UCU) to reflect on the edits that had been made during the first mapping day of the 10th September 2011.

This first mapping day was all about introducing how to map using GPS devices, walking papers and OpenStreetMap. The students attending mapped their campus and updated their traces in the weeks after.

The reflection day on the the 11th focused on updating and correcting more features within and around the university so that U.C.U is clearly represented on the open street map. While the students stayed within the walls of the university the first time, you can now obviously see they broke out of the campus to map Mukono.

Click here to see the results on Open Street Map.

A big help, Bing has provided more satellite imagery, mainly around Kampala, including Mukono, in the first week of February 2012. This imagery was and can still be used to trace from.

The enthusiasm for the reflection Mapping Day was far higher than the computer lab could facilitate and we saw a lot of familiar faces. There is a serious plan to set up a group of active mappers at the university to facilitate their events, edits and discussions.

The goals of the reflection Mapping Day are exploring tools and software used for mapping so the students create a broader knowledge in the use of ICT's and the emerging technologies.

The map can also be put on the University website, and be constantly updated by the students them selves or staff members.