The Open Cities Guide

Planning an Open Cities Mapping Project

Planning an Open Cities Mapping Project

Coauthored with The Humanitarian Open StreetMap Team and with input from all Open Cities partners, this guide offers a comprehensive understanding of the design and implementation of an Open Cities mapping project for both practitioners in the field and those interested in a higher-level understanding of the process. The guide's content is based on experience in implementing the initial Open Cities projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka as well as on previous mapping project experience. Where relevant, it provides relevant examples from those projects in the text and full case studies at the end of guide.

  • Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Open Cities Project and a gentle introduction to some of the concepts and technologies involved.
  • Chapter 2, "Project Design and Preparation," covers how a project design process begins: by identifying partners, clarifying a project's objectives and scope, assembling a team of managers and mappers, and assessing the necessary resources for mapping.
  • Chapter 3, "Getting Started," then describes the steps after the initial planning stage: how to locate an appropriate workspace, assess equipment costs, and prepare staff training.
  • Chapter 4, "Implementation and Supervision," takes a practical look at data collection techniques from both the organizational and technical perspectives. It also addresses common challenges and mechanisms for quality control and reporting.
  • Finally, Chapter 5 examines the lessons learned from previous Open Cities projects and considers future improvements to the overall project design.

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