Participants in community-based mapping are not only documenting their community assets in a powerful, digital format, they are also gaining practical technical skills in how to create and leverage map data and building connections with others interested in new technologies and open information.
Open digital map data, freely available to civil society, public and private sectors, can be an economic multiplier for local development by creating:
- Better transparency in government planning for civil services
- Better relief and reporting for humanitarian efforts
- Enhanced efficiencies in private markets
- Generation of job opportunities around creating, maintaining and leveraging map data