FOSS4G 2023

Leveraging on OpenStreetMap (OSM) for Improved Census Data Delivery
06-28, 14:05–14:10 (Europe/Tirane), UBT C / N110 - Second Floor

The delivery of national census programs to aid nations in coming up with better strategies for serving the population’s needs and better plans for sustainability. While on the other hand, several developing nations around the world have not been able to deliver highly accurate census data and results to aid in these efforts. This leads to the implementation of policies that are not inclusive among other limitations introduced along the way.
By leveraging on open data platforms such as OpenStreetMap, open-source geo applications can be built to aid developing nations in accurate and location-driven data-capturing processes. Having digital location strategies and innovation as the major component for census data collection can potentially lead to vast growth in digital economies across developing nations and unleash endless possibilities and potential innovations which are inclusive and fit for purpose. This also provides a platform and chance to have more contributions towards OSM at the national level while delivering accurate and much-needed data.

The talk will give highlight on a technology built in Zimbabwe and just highlighting how this idea can be leverages across the world for a better census outcomes.

Kumbirai is a young and innovative geospatial developer and analyst who is currently in his final year at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe studying towards a BSc Hons in Surveying and Geomatics.
His work and skills are mainly devoted to spatial epidemiology, inclusive and digital land information systems, and space technology and development for earth applications.
Kumbirai also serves as the National Point of Contact for Zimbabwe with the Space Generation Advisory Council and is also part of the Volunteer Community Surveyors Programme (VCSP) for the FIG Young Surveyors Network as the Knowledge Portal lead. In addition, he is also a member of the Students for Exploration and Development of Space in Zimbabwe.
Kumbirai believes geospatial technology will save the world towards sustainable causes through its linkage and connecting abilities between nature and human interactions.