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GIS Technologies Map Nairobi Informal Settlement

Geospatial Revolution, Episode 4, Mapping Power to the People

Prior to the "Map Kibera" project, the informal community of Kibera in Nairobi did not exist on any map and was not recognized by the government as an established residential community, even though over 200,000 people called it home. "The Kibera residents themselves have no public school, no public health facility, the issue of sanitation os a serious problem", says resident mapper Douglas Namale.

In the fourth installment of the Geospatial Revolution Project, chapter 4 details how people living in the settlement used handheld devices to map streets, resources. The video also shows the social problems that occured as the Map Kibera team had to earn the trust of the residents.

The Geospatial Revolution Project is a public service media project of Penn State Public Broadcasting.

View all episodes online at A DVD of the complete series will be avaialble through Penn State Media sales in the summer of 2011.

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