Friday 6th September, 2013
3:20pm to 3:30pm
Dave Whiteland (mySociety) and Neil Taylor (Integrated Transport Planning) FixMyBarangay lets residents of Cebu city, in the Philippines, report potholes or broken streetlights to the authorities by text. A pilot project, funded by the World Bank, was implemented in 2013 by mySociety and ITP. It focusses on two barangays, or small districts, within Cebu and uses mySociety's FixMyStreet platform integrated with an SMS gateway. At the start of the project, OSM maps didn't cover all the small alleyways of the target areas, so ITP set up two mapping parties -- one for each barangay. People turned up, alleys got mapped. It turns out all it takes to map a community is a few locals with pens and paper, some GPS devices, and uncontainable Filipino enthusiasm.
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