Open source maps are tools that collaborative and free geographic technologies offer to and which benefit the different actors in a community. Under the coordination of MapaNica (OpenStreetMap Nicaragua) and with UNICEF support, various mappings have been carried out in Nicaragua that allow different local actors, public institutions, civil society organizations and universities to use the same geographic information to work on any issue of interest to them.
MapaNica, the Nicaraguan chapter of OpenStreetMap, is a community of geographic information enthusiasts that have opted to use new free technologies. It is a very diverse group that includes professional cartographers, companies, non-profit organizations, programmers, students from various degree courses, and other citizens that use the participatory tools to help gather geographic information.
The MapaNica community aims to create and distribute the best map of Nicaragua without any restrictions and in a collaborative and free way.
With support from UNICEF Nicaragua and in alliance with different local actors, members of the MapaNica community created base maps of the cities of Bilwi in Nicaragua’s Northern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN) and Bluefields in the Southern Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCS).
This initiative is committed to generating knowledge and encouraging innovation among different actors. It also aims to promote the participation of children as thinkers and as people with the potential to change their surroundings.
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Wanda Obando: Officer responsible for WASH in schools, UNICEF Nicaragua (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oscar Urbina: UNICEF UNV in Bluefields (email@example.com)
Anielka Jirón: UNICEF communication assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Felix Delattre: Coordinator of MapaNica (email@example.com)
Eduardo Mayorga Téllez: collaborator with the free software community and with MapaNica (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lucy Medina: communicator and MapaNica collaborator (email@example.com)
The OpenStreetMap initiative is a free technology platform created with the purpose of sharing geographic data for community use. OpenStreetMap involves different collaborators at the global level and started up in 2004 in England. The Nicaraguan chapter of this initiative is MapaNica, which is made up of a group of young people from the free software community.
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