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I am a senior consultant with the specialist geographic information consultancy ConsultingWhere. We specialise in policy, strategy and research in the spatial information and data space. I have an M.Sc. in GIS and have worked in Kampala Uganda for two years in the operational side of health delivery
Hi Andre - it pollinate energy sounds like a real world application of the benefits of mapping and addressing informal settlements (I've also contributed an idea on Address Codes). However I am a little bit surprised that you are using a closed system such as Google Maps. I think you'd benefit from looking at Open Street Map. The technology is fully open and allows you to access the data behind it. When you say you are scanning Google maps, I assume you mean you are looking at the satellite imagery to attempt to identify pockets of slums that haven't been previously mapped? If you are then you might be interested in the Missing Maps project. Again this is an Open Street Map project, this time with the input of MSF and the Red Cross. They are trying to map (using Open Street Map) the unmapped parts of the world. One problem that you might have with adopting the Google map approach is that any mapping you create by tracing Google's satellite imagery will be subject to copyright restrictions. Open Street Map has imagery that you can trace where the copyright has been rescinded.
What3Words is an application of the Address Codes concept. I have linked to nine address code applications in the 2nd paragraph of the explanation. Address Codes are not a new idea. Some of the applications included in my schedule are decades old. I'm not suggesting that we develop a new Address Code application, but that we apply one of the existing applications in an informal settlement. In terms of addressing it is the real world application that is the tricky bit, not the technology.