The State of OpenStreetMap in Africa

Geoffrey Kateregga

Playlists: 'sotm2020' videos starting here / audio

This talk will present the results of a survey done on the State of the OpenStreetMap, the unique challenges and success of OSM in Africa and how the different communities are working together to grow the map and the community on the continent.

The global State of the Map conference is taking place in Africa for the very first time, and it is a great opportunity to light a torch into the state of OpenStreetMap in Africa. What is happening around the Map the West, Central, South and North of Africa? Where are the active communities, what are the reasons for their success, what challenges are they facing and what solutions are they using to overcome the challenges?

This talk will present the results of a survey done with different OSM communities in Africa to answer the above questions, while at the same time looking at the map data to measure the level of completeness in each country, and examining the reasons behind the different scenarios in the different countries.

The talk will also present the views of OSM Community leaders from Africa on how to promote sustainability, resilience, inclusiveness, diversity and equity in decision making in regards to the future of OpenStreetMap. Why are there very few official local OpenStreetMap Chapters from Africa and what can be done to change the situation?