The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning, Sustainable Development and Information Technology is collaborating with the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture, the Open Core Team, the Information Technology Services Division and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) to hold a session introducing open mapping concepts using Open StreetMap (OSM)-a crowd sourced open maps and open map tool.
The Session takes place at the Ministry of Health Conference Room on March 12 beginning at 8:15 in the morning.
The introductory session will be followed by a four -day training for civic minded mappers and cartographers, using OpenStreetMap and QGIS, an open source GIS software.
The training offers an opportunity for participants to learn about the growing importance of web-based mapping and get started as an open mapper and start organising mapping events across the country.
Participants will be drawn from public, private and academic sectors.
The Workshops will be led by Maggie Cawley, an organiser for Tach OSM and board member for OpenStreetMap-US and Steven Johnson an organiser for TeachOSM, an initiative aimed at promoting the use of OSM for teaching geography.
The training is another collaborated effort between the government and the World Bank.