Considering the digital revolution, Latin American and Caribbean cities should be poised to generate, analyze, and disseminate urban data. Yet, all too often, our partners do not have the tools necessary for delivering urban services to informal areas, identifying and allocating lands best suited for development while protecting at-risk areas, and working with individual … [Read more...] about OpenStreetMap Extraction tool: generating neighborhood-level maps
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Paper records are still quite common for field data collection in many housing agencies, where the infrastructure required to create, implement, manage and maintain survey data often includes paywalls or high levels of technical expertise. OpenMapKit solves one of the most immediate needs for government agencies to collect and manage data from the field, incorporating automatic … [Read more...] about OpenMapKit: create and systematize surveys in the field
In cities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), public transport serves an essential role, connecting people with employment, commerce, leisure, and each other. However, public transport networks in LAC cities, both formal and informal, can lack detailed information about routes and schedules, leaving users to rely on word of mouth to know what routes can take them … [Read more...] about DATUM: facilitating community collection and public use of urban mobility data in the Americas
Transit Challenges Imagine yourself spending a day in a wheelchair. You would be obliged to take a detour because o a 10 centimeters-high curb. Damaged pavements, pedestrian bridges without elevators and speeding vehicles would make crossing the streets a challenge. You would be forced to ask for help in a station buildings where elevators are packed with commuters, or … [Read more...] about Application of Accessibility Maps. Cities from a different perspective
Tucked between the Cordillera Septentrional and Cordillera Central mountain ranges, Santiago de los Caballeros is home to the second-largest urban population in the Dominican Republic and serves as a booming agriculture and industrial trade center. Despite industrial growth, Santiago maintains its presence as an arts and culture capital of the country and retains its colonial … [Read more...] about In Santiago de los Caballeros, Rio Yaque Is Central to a Shared Vision for the Future