Stories about Mapping for Niger
The Mapping for NIger project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion and activism.
The Mapping for Niger grantee project celebrates its first anniversary with all its contributors, who reflect on what participating in the project has meant to them.
The 2013 Rising Voices' micrograntee Mapping for Niger is continuing on with their work, traveling around their region to meet with other OpenStreetMap teams and learn new skills.
As the current phase of the Mapping for Niger project draws to an end, the Rising Voices micrograntee celebrated with a ceremony at the University of Niamey.
Meet one of the participants in the Mapping for Niger project, Mahaman, who has gone from an early life of odd jobs to a masters' student in geography, using Open Street Map to help document his local community. "Technology" says Mahaman, "allows us to instantly discover horizons which our imaginations had never thought possible."
Meet geography student Abdou Salam, one of the participants in the Mapping for Niger project. With the project, he's gone back to his hometown to map the major coordinates of the area and put them online with Open Street Map.
Meet one of the participants in the Mapping for Niger project, Fatiman, who has developed practical digital skills and applies these to her geography studies. The digital cartography, she says, helps her to learn about visualising information.
The Rising Voices micrograntee winners from around the world have been documenting their projects as they progress. We chose some images from their flickr streams, Facebook pages, and websites, sharing the work they have been doing over the past few months.
The Mapping for Niger project is one of this year's micrograntees working with geography students in Niamey, Niger, to map and document public resources with Open Street Map. Despite monsoons, electricity outages, and holidays, the project is excited to be getting off the ground.