Mapping Uganda's New Cities

Mapping Uganda's New Cities

In line with the 15 newly created cities, OpenStreetMap Uganda recieved a grant from the OpenStreetMap Foundation to map roads and buildings in these New Cities. Currently Mbarara, Masaka and Jinja have been mapped and validation process is ongoing in these cities. This Project has employed a remote mapping methodology due to the on going Pandemic. The mappers will digitize roads, buildings, landuse features and waterways across the entire extents of all cities as seen on satellite imagery.

A Map Showing Ugandas New Cities
New Cities Map

The Projects goals are as below;

  • Having Updated maps of all cities
  • Grow the OpenStreetMap Local communities in the respective cities as weell as across Uganda
  • Design and share maps with city administrators

Different teams of mappers are already carrying out the mapping tasks as allocated to them. A refresher webinar training was carried for the different teams. OpenStreetMap Uganda was registerd as an organisation on the tasking manager and one or more members registered to set up the tasks on the tasking manager. Tasks were setup using town extent boundaries. The following resources were used to aid in the mapping as below;

  • Mapping Software-JOSM
  • Imagery being used-Maxer Premium
  • What's to be mapped?-Buildings,Roads,Waterways,POIs
  • Data Quality Checks-OSMCha
Weekly Zoom meetings are carried out to track the progress and report on the expected mapping efforts by the Mapping teams.

The Project has been running since the begining of November as is expected to run for a period of twelve months

The data will be made available to OpenStreetMap, to be used for urban planning in these new cities and other enties.