Next week, the World Data Forum gathers in Cape Town, South Africa to start the hard detailed work to measure and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are excited our friends from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team will be there to share the collaboration of citizens and institutions creating geographic data in Open Mapping.
To introduce Open Mapping at the Forum, we are launching the Open Mapping for the SDGs Toolkit, written with HOT, the World Bank GFDRR, and Peace Corps. This short guide frames Open Mapping for policy makers and in-country implementors, and links to existing resources to further help develop projects.
Now, 2017 starts to get real with data for development. In a whiplash-inducing pace of change, how does the United Nations and national statistical offices use data and technology to both measure and achieve development goals? We think it will require quick leverage of everything on offer, and everyone impacted needs an opportunity to contribute.
Mapbox has helped by filling gaps in satellite imagery, hosting events, and by setting up and validating mapping tasks. This is only the beginning of how policy makers and implementors can use Open Mapping to fight Malaria, and to measure and meet all of the SDGs.