Mapping Rwanda’s Tourism Sites and other Crowdsourcing GIS News

Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in partnership with Google, yesterday, commenced the mapping exercise where all tourism attractions in the country will feature on the web.

The two-day event dubbed, Rwanda Tourism MapUp, started with the team's road trip from Kigali where key touristic features were mapped and continued to Musanze and Rubavu districts whose attractions were also added to the Google map list.

About 40 people including GIS professionals helped with the mapping which will be redone annually to insure locations are correct.

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The Initiative for Solidarity with Arrested Students released the "Map of Unnamed Students". With this project, the initiative wants to create awareness for judicial and administrative rights violations encountered by students and to make these violations visible. The map also aims at keeping track of the situations of the arrested students.

The idea is to add other incidents to the map and get more information on the known ones.The effort focuses on Turkey and uses CrowdMap.


UBC Okanagan and the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council have put together a set of food discussion maps for the Central Okanagan area of British Columbia, Canada. Discussions are "pinned" to their locations and live on four different maps.

Food Experiences: Participants are asked to "Describe your experiences with food on the UBCO campus and in Kelowna."

Food Access: Food stores, food services and other food locations used to explore the question, "Is there food everywhere?"

Agricultural Land: Understanding the agricultural land reserve (ALR).

Community Food: Mapping community gardens, food banks and soup kitchens to discuss the question, "Is there food for everyone?"

The maps are Google-based and at least one class at UBC, Geography 491, was involved.

press release via @gletham

WWF is asking supporters to identify places that carry or sell paper products made from Sumatran rain forest timber, and then note the location and take pictures using MapHook. Supporters can post a “hook” with their photos on . This site also has information about the paper campaign along with details on how to get started.

The goal is protection of the Sumatran habitat for tigers and other animals.

- press release

Published Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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