Local Geo Week

15 - 21 November 2015

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Celebrating the power of local knowledge, together, through simultaneous data collection and mapping of neighborhoods and cities across the globe in conjunction with osmgeoweek.

A global network event in November 2015.

Local Mapping

Our vision is the whole planet mapped, frequently updated by residents as the world changes. Local communities and organizations drive the creation of data and acquire the capacity to use it for decision-making and local development.

Community Focused

The Week promotes local data collection, in communities, by communities, for communities. This is a survey activity, not a remote imagery digitization exercise. Any kind of data is good: infrastructure, services, businesses, green and public spaces, socioeconomic conditions, and cultural activities.

Open Tools

Local information backed by detailed global imagery and integrated into maps makes data real, present and contextualized. Data becomes fluid and sharable. We use tools focused around OpenStreetMap and OpenDataKit which both have a large open ecosystem around them.

Learning Globally

Use maps and local information to showcase your place, share your work, ask questions and find solutions collaboratively, across the globe. SDI's KnowYourCity tool showcases local data collected by informal communities worldwide.


The Paths of Phule Nagar

November 20, 2015 | Santa Fe Institute

Slums, like any other neighborhood require accesses in and out of places of residence and work.

The Shape of Things to Come: 3D Mapping of Buildings and Neighborhoods

November 20, 2015 | Santa Fe Institute

"Mapping is an ideal way to understand a neighborhood, how people live, its streets, its services, its houses and public spaces. A great map allows you not only to immerse yourself in space but also to imagine how it could change for the better. You can do this with a good traditional map, but it would be even better in 3D."
– Luis Bettencourt, Santa Fe Institute, Principal Investigator Cities Project.

Information Is [Em]Power[ment]

November 19, 2015 | SDI

“I believe the report generated from this exercise is very comprehensive and can be used to change how things are in the informal settlements in terms of service delivery.”
– Sharon Mudondo, National Slum Dwellers Federation of Uganda from Nakawa

The power of maps to give everyone a toilet in Pune, India

November 18, 2015 | Shelter Associates

"The information we collected became a powerful tool. We not only put together robust project at planning level and conceived a model which can be scaled upward to achieve greater impact but also made the information available to others on an open source platform."
– Pratima Joshi, founder and executive director of Shelter Associates.

The Municipal Art Society of New York’s Accidental Skyline Interactive Maps

November 18, 2015 | Municipal Art Society

Too often, New Yorkers are caught off guard by new development in their neighborhoods. The Municipal Art Society's Accidental Skyline interactive maps offer tools to help demystify the city planning process and bring the public into the conversation.

From Purok To Barangay: Mapping Informality in Philippine Cities

November 18, 2015 | SDI

“I saw the importance of doing settlement profiling and mapping, the use of new technology, and how to encode. At least we learned something. I felt happy.”
– Erlinda Mosqueda, Valenzuela Peoples Organization Network (VALPONET), President/Community Worker

In Short, "Mapping Is Important"

November 17, 2015 | SDI

“Mapping helps in starting the upgrading process for our communities, as partners in the development process”
– Rebekka, Oshikoto Region, Namibia Shack Dwellers Federation