DI: Open Community Map Workshop by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut

We know that Cambodia is much more than just the city sights from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but how about actually getting involved in highlighting these areas for a bigger cause? Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, a Cambodian Urban NGO, will be inviting Cambodian University’s students to participate in their Open Community Map workshop this weekend at Development Innovations!

With an aim to enhance the capacity of creating and updating information about urban poor communities more visible on their map project, they will also be working their way to improve Phnom Penh’s map. Participants will be trained to use relevant mapping software such as the Open Street Map (OSM) and GPS, and there will be field trips to the various urban poor communities for information gathering.

Photo Credits: STT

Photo Credits: STT

Additionally, the general public will be involved the next day. On Sunday, all of the past OSM users will gather at the same office space to share their experience as a collective advocacy. Activities will include mapping as a whole community, experiencing change towards these areas and sharing information that will aid the cause’s progress. While participants are required to bring their own laptops, all training, snacks, and even a shirt will be provided to document the event!

With a name that translates to “Sugar Palm Leaf” in Khmer, STT has been established since 2005 to promote a society in which urban inhabitants enjoy adequate housing within a sustainably developing city. They aim to provide pro-poor technical assistance for housing and infrastructure, and to inform such dialogue and raise awareness about urban issues.

“Open Community Map Workshop” with STT is free and will take place from 8am to 5pm, 5 July 2014, at the Development Innovations office. You can RSVP your attendance here! The next day’s session will take place from 1pm to 4pm, 6 July 2014, with more information found on their Facebook page!

Development Innovations is located on #296, St. 271, Sangkat Toul Tompong 2, Khan Chamkarmon. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Click here to see a map.