Tension, Excitement, Mad Chatter and a Major Milestone

20 January 2015 | shawnday

How many mappers does it take to #MapLesotho? Simple answer: All of us!

In point of fact at least 250 individuals have made their marks on the Lesothan digital landscape in the Rural Task alone. From a collection of NGOs, a Local Authority, Local Schools in Lesotho, in Ireland, in the US and Canada, OSM.ie, from towns, groups and planners around the world and even his Excellency Paramente Phamoste (who has quite literally thrown his hat into the mapping arena that is Fingal County Council Chamber) we have all made a real map. You have made a real map. We are #MapLesotho.

[caption id=”attachment_280” align=”alignright” width=”400”]MappingArena The Mapping Arena - Fingal County Council Chamber[/caption]

After a series of successful and fun mapathons, last night, as we pinned our modes, lines and edges, tagged our features and marked our tiles as done, we waited on a lone mapper labouring on tile #2057 - up in top left of the task buried in green and yellow tiles - a lone tile crying out to be mapped and a mapper working his craft. We tweeted with fervour, egging each other on, waiting, waiting, waiting. Sharing our excitement, our impatience, holding our collective breath until finally with a click - @DaCor marked the tile done and we hit a major milestone: 100%!!! - the Lesotho Rural Task has been mapped! The graphs ticked over and the wee thermometer on the Task Manager doesn’t lie. We all pulled together and made it happen. 100% Mapped! It feels great. With a massive push of 7% at last Friday’s marathon we pushed to within 3% of our goal. And then we all pushed on and wish wide contributions we made it happen.

We map with varying levels of detail, some painstaking, some clever, all methodical and all make our own mark. We map in different guises, with funny handles, at different times and in different places - but we all map together. We sit in front of our own screens and interpret the landscape. Sometimes we have the pleasure of coming together in physical surroundings and sharing our passions and enthusiasms. Wherever we are though we never map alone.

As we pat ourselves on the back, all so deserving, much of the real work now lies before us as we move back to the Urban Task (already at 54%) and continue the painstaking task of verifying each others work. But tonight we can rest gratified with a job well done. Tomorrow we can start to share in the benefits of having a solid, workable basemap upon which to build. A map that can change the way people live their lives and see their own world.

Thanks to all and good night.

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