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Nigeria joins World Bank, Google mapping project

Nigeria: Nigeria joined a World Bank and Google spatial mapping project. It aims at improving the ability of developing countries to access a web-based community mapping tool and data to help better monitor public services, and improve disaster and humanitarian response efforts.
Under this agreement, Google will provide the World Bank and its partner organisations – including governments and UN agencies with access to Google Map Maker underlying geospatial data that includes detailed maps of more than 150 countries.
Other developing countries that have enlisted in the pilot of the Map Maker include Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria, DRC, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal and Haiti.
These countries are where governments have a strong interest in supporting the use of technology and data for decision-making and community monitoring, and in encouraging projects that support government and citizen engagement in geospatial mapping.
Through this tool, citizens are able to directly participate in the creation of maps by contributing their local knowledge, and those additions are then reflected on Google Maps and Google Earth.
These maps include locations like schools, hospitals, roads and water points that are critical for relief workers to know about in times of crisis, and will help NGOs, researchers, and individual citizens to more effectively identify areas that might be in need of assistance.
Shona Brown, Senior Vice President, Google.org said, “A global community of Google users has been volunteering their time to improve maps, making them more comprehensive and ensuring that they remain accurate as the world around them changes. This is particularly important in vulnerable locations and for disaster preparedness and recovery as it helps citizens and governments to better prepare emergency response plans and act effectively when a crisis hits.”
Most developing countries do not have basic local data about where schools, hospitals, or water points are located, and the data they have are often outdated or incorrect. A way to collect this information is to ask citizens directly and crowdsource the locations of public infrastructure.
Source: leadership.ng