#map2020 for improved navigation in undermapped regions
Maps and navigation continue to pose a big challenge to undermapped regions. That’s why Mapillary and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) are launching #map2020 for the second year in a row. Together, we will work towards better maps and improved road safety in the places where it’s needed the most.
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11 May to 31 May
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Later in 2020
Project submissions open
Project submissions close | Mapping projects begin
Imagery capture period
Map editing period
Analysis, review, and final report preparation
Results submissions due
Winning/successful projects announced
Winning projects present at HOT Summit*
* Dates and venue for HOT Summit are currently under consideration. Keep an eye out on our Twitter for the latest updates.
Launching #map2020
#map2020 encourages local mapping groups to use Mapillary and OpenStreetMap to map navigation issues in undermapped regions. Road accidents take some 1.35 million lives every year, with 93% of global road fatalities occurring in low- and middle-income countries—even though these nations only have 60% of the world’s vehicles. By improving the map, we can make a dent in one of the biggest challenges that low- and middle-income countries face.

Why navigation
Criteria for projects
Map to improve navigation
The mapping projects should address navigation in some regard. This could range from mapping speed limits and road types to transportation infrastructure and street lights.
Include street-level imagery
Make street-level imagery collection a core part of the workflow from the beginning of the project to help gather extensive map data in the chosen area. If you can’t capture imagery yourself due to the Covid-19 outbreak, use the images that are already available on Mapillary.
Tap into existing structures
Build on existing humanitarian mapping initiatives and collaborate with local and international organizations in the area.
Frequently asked questions
What is #map2020?
#map2020 is a joint campaign by Mapillary and The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). #map2020 encourages the use of street-level imagery and OpenStreetMap to address geospatial problems that affect navigation in low- and middle-income countries.
What does it involve?
This year’s #map2020 is focusing on navigation, one of the biggest challenges faced by undermapped regions. Navigation ties closely to how easily people can travel from A to B in a safe, reliable, and efficient way. There are many ways to map this in OSM. Here are some that come to mind:
  • Enhancing basemap data such as road classification, speed-limits, surface type, and street names to improve routing results
  • Street-lighting to provide a safely lit route for people traveling at night
  • The adequacy and location of sidewalks and footpaths so that pedestrians can move at a safe distance away from traffic
  • The routes that are typically taken by unofficial transportation such as dalla-dallas, matatus, and jeepneys
  • Wheelchair accessibility as it relates to sidewalks and building entrances
What are the project requirements?
  • You must be working on the project as part of an organization, and not individually.
  • Your project focus area is in a low-middle income country.
  • Your project objective directly addresses a navigation related issue.
  • You collect and/or use Mapillary street-level imagery in your project.
  • Someone from your project must be able to attend the HOT Summit. Dates and venue for HOT Summit are currently under consideration. Keep an eye out on our Twitter for the latest updates.
I’m currently not able to go out and capture imagery due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Does that mean that I can’t take part?
No. We encourage all #map2020 participants to follow their respective governments’ guidelines. If the current Covid-19 outbreak means that you can’t capture street-level imagery, you can still take part in #map2020 by using imagery that’s already been uploaded to Mapillary to improve and update OpenStreetMap. The imagery should still be used to improve navigation in your chosen area.
What does it mean that a project needs to be part of an organization?
Our goal with #map2020 is that we can play at least a small part in improving navigation related outcomes in the undermapped parts of the world. For this to happen, successful projects will need to work with local government, universities, citizens, companies, and other organizations to ensure the mapping efforts lead to real world improvements. We are not looking for any particular certification to show you are operating as part of an organization, but we do want to see that you have the ability to engage the relevant stakeholders required to make your objective a reality.
How many people need to be involved in the project?
There is no minimum or maximum number of people we are looking for, but we want to see a cohesive team working together on your navigation problem. This will prevent members of the team burning out and help to ensure the longevity of the project. Try to build a team with a diverse skill set that can address each part of the project timeline.
How much mapping expertise is needed?
No specific expertise or experience is necessary to take part in #map2020. Mapillary will run webinars at each stage to provide general guidance and there are also a wealth of online resources on our help pages and LearnOSM that will show you what you need to know.
How much time do I need to spend on the project?
The key thing we are looking for from successful projects is a clear link between your data, analysis and the navigation related objective you are working for. This could mean as little as 5 hours per week on #map2020 or significantly greater amount of time if your objective requires more data or complex analysis. Outcomes matter a lot more than the hours invested.
What time/timezone are the deadlines in?
The deadlines for the different project stages, which you can see in the Timeline section of this page, are at 23:59 CET for each date.
How are the projects assessed?
Completed projects are assessed based on five criteria:
  • Use of street-level imagery
  • Extent and quality of map editing
  • Engaging different stakeholders
  • Writing a results report (we provide a template)
  • Impact on navigation in the area
You can see the detailed grading guidelines here.
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