OpenStreetMap Uganda in partnership with YouthMappers led a photo mapping project that was designed to enhance the quality and add more detail to the remotely contributed data from Mapping New Cities Project. In early June 2021, OpenStreetMap Uganda trained a team of Youth Mappers from the Geo YouthMappers, Team Good Mappers, Mappers for Life, and Vision Mappers on how to capture street levels with the aim of using mobile Android phones to map the 3 selected cities of Mbale in the east, Masaka in the west and Lira in the north.

PhotoMapping Training

This project provided training to volunteers in Mapillary, ID Editor and JOSM

The mappers captured the photos using mobile phones in the above-mentioned cities, and over 70,000 photos were uploaded to Mapillary platform. Photo Mapping happens in two stages that include; Capturing of street-level photos using Mapillary plugin in JOSM and ID editors to add and enhance detail to the map.

PhotoMapping upload

Street level images were captured using mobile phones and uploaded to the Mapillary platform.

Mapillary in ID Editor (Map data) or JOSM plugin was used to add details to the existing remotely mapped data like Points of Interest (POIs), road names, business names, transport facilities and other features.


A street image in ID Editor showing that there is a clinic on the building that was mapped in OSM

Despite all the challenges faced throughout the project, we are still hopeful that the project will continue and achieve its targets of detailed mapping of 3 cities in Uganda using Mapillary. As a sustainability plan, the OpenStreetMap Uganda will continue engaging communities and the trained mappers in different cities to continue capturing Mapillary street-level images until all the cities are covered in Uganda.

More project tasks are going to be created on the Tasking Manager and all the new volunteers that have joined the OpenStreeMap Uganda Community will be trained on detailed mapping using JOSM and ID Editor.