Robert Soden has a nice blog post showing why international development organisations should use OpenStreetMap if they want the most current data. He looked at three African capital cities, in Zimbabwe, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
For two our of the three, Mogadishu and Kinshasa, there is simply no contest – OpenStreetMap is way ahead of the others in both coverage and in the level of detail. OpenStreetMap and Google Maps are comparable in Harare. The data available through Microsoft’s Virtual Earth lagged way behind in all three
Nice to see that more and more organisations are seeing clear benefits and potential.
Robert follows up with plans to create a “GIS for Humanitarian Relief”, utilising OSM. They’ve a great idea of using Interns to do the mapping! Hopefully, we can work together with the OpenStreetMap Foundation, and build on existing work and relationships.