Kiberia, Nairobi’s million-person slum, will be mapped in November through a project initiated by OpenStreetMap and Jump Start International. OpenStreetMap’s Humanitarian team will collaborate with young Kenyans to map the slum and share the results. From the press release (PDF):
Twelve young residents of Kibera will first be trained on current mapping techniques during a two-day workshop. Individuals from the growing Nairobi technology scene will help train and network with the larger community. The group will then map all of Kibera over a two-week period in mid-November and share the results through OpenStreetMap, joining a growing global community of tech-savvy grassroots mapmakers. “The project will provide open-source data that will help illustrate the living conditions in Kibera. Without basic knowledge of the geography of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents of Kibera,” said Mikel Maron.
More information can be found at http://www.mapkibera.org/.