What practical ways can be used to map slums and facilitate the communication with authorities?
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
An insight I got while watching a TED Talk - video attached. Slums are usually not mapped by authorities, not covered by the public services and usually are excluded from statistics, in such a way that these 3 aspects reinforce each other.
Throughout the principle of use what the technologies make possible to do, in the TED Talk it was presented a case in a Kenyan slum where dwellers were trained to map their area using a simple GPS.
In paralel to the GPS, it was created a wiki for data collection, a collaborative map. As the dwellers are those who know the area better, collaborative practices enable to discover places that even in the neighborhood are unknown, as well as facilitate the transparency and information flow with the authorities.
It opens up new opportunities of dialogue among the slum dwellers and with the world outside the slum, including the possibility to bring public services into the community.
From the feedback from Philip Knight, led mapping of slums is an idea pioneered by the Map Kibera project (mapkibera.org). The underlying technology is Open Street Map. Open street map is an open database of mapping data that anyone can contribute to.
What are the best ways to map slums for natural disasters prevention?
Paul Bromen gave a feedback about Google Maps Trekker - check on the comments - that can be an alternative to cover areas marginalised from the traditional mapping systems. Does anyone have experience with Google Maps Trekker?
Slum dwellers, since their area is mapped out and they get to know what exists in their community
Authorities and public service providers, since it makes easy the information flow about the slums
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
It goes straighforward to the exclusion of slums on urban statistics and planning
Yes, between one and two years
I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
Brazilian, traveler, curious, student at Kaospilots Switzerland.