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Implementation of a collaborative, crowd-sourced Geographic Information System for humanitarian aid and economic development

Recently I became an official member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), a registered non-profit organization in the United States. Since over two years I'm an active contributer and participant in different OpenStreetMap (OSM) activities all over the world but with a special focus on Nicaragua, the country I'm living in. OpenStreetMap consists in an Open Data hub for geographic information and can be described as the “Wikipedia for geo information”.

New principles become old principles again - rethink cultural creation

We are in a very extreme situation, where our laws about creative works differ a lot from the way how humankind lives culture.

Collaborative maps for social progress and education in Nicaragua
This is a résumé about the latest mapping efforts by the OpenStreetMap Nicaragua community, I used extracts from articles published in newspapers and online websites:

Testing the process of requesting a CCTV video footage in the UK

Some months ago I read Fefe's notice in his blog, suggesting to use the massive camera surveillance in the UK in order to request CCTV images from institutions or companies, instead of being disturbed all the time by taking own photos on vacations in England.

How the once highly praised technology now become finally available for everybody

Some years ago there was a hype on the use of short message service (SMS) communication solutions especially in the IT for Development context and countries in Africa.

Four examples how Open Data can actually help us.

To share – it is that easy and very human, but less and less common practice. But with the Internet and New Technology humankind could rather leverage sharing to a new level which would imply progress and benefit for all.

Crowdsourcing geo information at the Carribean Coast

Last week Porifrio and myself, as members of the OpenStreetMap Nicaragua community, traveled to Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, the capital of the Autonomous Region of the Northern Caribbean Coast.

Second article in my column “Brave new digital world” in Confidential.com.ni

A life without mobile phones is almost impossible to imagine. People’s everyday life is highly influenced by these small communication devices. And even more in countries where big distances have to be covered, and/or economic interests would not be significant enough to build land lines.

First article in my column “Brave new digital world” in Confidential.com.ni

According to the Internet World Stats, Nicaragua is the second last of all countries in Latin America when it comes to Internet connectivity, after Haiti.


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