#MapLesotho is a crowd-source effort which aims to create an open, free to use map of the Kingdom of Lesotho on OpenStreetMap(OSM). This map should be well spatially defined with OSM tagging. Lesotho has had no such free, open and accessible spatial data shared beyond or within Government agencies in the Kingdom. #MapLesotho is going to change this rapidly and put Lesotho on the map.
The crowd-sourcing is facilitated by using the HOTOSM tasking tool, which is used to support co-ordinated work by mappers who use OSM. Various mapathons, as well as twitter campaigns and other promotions have taken place since the map of the country started to be built in February 2014.
The effort to start mapping this small country started as a result of Spatial Data professionals from Fingal County Council in Ireland working with Assistant Physical Planners from the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftanship to overcome their spatial data challenges. To date the project has involved persons and groups from numerous different countries.
OSMIE has been working with OSM mappers and has engaged with local schools to take part in the project. You can read more about our Schools Outreach programme here.