CSOs, Others Learn Mobile Data Collection Methods

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As part of its efforts to increase their accountability, transparency and effectiveness in the handling of sub-national government resources in Liberia, USAID-LEGIT in close coordination with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap conducted a three-day capacity building training in Ganta, Nimba County.

The capacity building program which commenced on Monday, May 22, brought together participants from the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Department of Urban Affairs, LIGIS, Ganta City Corporation (GCC), CBOs and CSOs, YMCA and Nimba Community College to participate in the training exercise on Mobile Data Collection Methods and Mapping Techniques.

The first day of the training began with an official opening ceremony when J. Wonkiepeh Saye, Field Technician of the Ganta city Corporation, welcomed the participants to the city of Ganta. Senior government adviser, Straven H. Willie, gave an overview of the training and informed participants of subsequent field work which will last for three weeks.

Senior civil society adviser Mr. James Darwolo encouraged participants to take advantage of the training and explore the platform provided to them.

HOT Country Manager David Luswata drilled participants during the ‘Introduction to Open Data and OpenStreetMap Editing Tools.’ He also spoke about the goals of the project, adding that during the training participants will learn how to use the OpenStreetMap to set out boundaries for the City of Ganta. Participants were also trained in tracing satellite imagery and adding data to OSM, how to download data from OSM and use it to add detail to the mapped features from field data, and how to upload this data back to OSM. The last presentation of the day focused on teaching participants how to map with the Java OpenStreetMap and Tasking Manager.

The essence of the training was to equip participants with the complete workflow of the mapping process, which include contributing data to OpenStreetMap, and the free editable map of the world created by volunteers around the world.

The training ended yesterday.

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