Workshop Room
15:00 - 16:00
Open Data, Open Maps: The Power of Accessible Geodata

Short thesis

Maps are power. In order to make meaningful and policy driven maps you need good data. Good and accessible geospatial data is hard to come by in Africa. Worse, the rare maps that are likely to feed are mostly outdated ! OpenStreetMap is a global community and geodatabase made by volunteers which can be used for several purposes.


For two decades in developed countries, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used by the government for their decision making. To carry out such policies, planning and management in Africa, the GIS tool can be of great help. This is especially true in an environment where collaborative models open new perspectives for the efficient production of geographic data. It is thus understood that the existence of a geographic reference frame is essential to the implementation of location-based services.

GéoCameroon is the first Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) of Cameroon base on OpenStreetMap. Easily transposable to other African countries, it brings together on a single platform all geographic georeferenced data of the country.

This workshop will focus on introducing and training participants from different backgrounds how to tell stories with maps driven by Open geospatial data from OpenStreetMap; the Wikipedia of maps and QGIS the free and open source geographic information system. At the end of this sessions participants will able to learn how to contribute and reuse data from OpenStreetMap. They will also be equipped with tools to create their own SDI and other open source geospatial related products and platforms.