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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital


Until recently Mali's capital was largely uncharted on the Web, constituting a major obstacle to developing its infrastructure--whether to prevent traffic jams, collect wastewater and rubbish, or prevent flooding.

Credit: Yahoo News

Volunteers with OpenStreetMap Mali are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social services, and roadside drains.

A group of young, tech-savvy Malians are using a smartphone mapping app to gather data for the local branch of the free geographic database OpenStreetMap, which is used by Google Maps and other sites.

Adama Konate, Bamako’s deputy mayor in charge of sanitation, said, "We only had basic knowledge before this project. Now we know that this place needs drainage, and that place needs a rubbish dump."

From Yahoo! News
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