Crowdsourcing Used To Map Nicaragua’s Transportation Network
A grassroots organization is plotting out transit routes as a way to serve areas in need
While many of us are fortunate enough to live in areas with a mass public transportation system that makes it easy to get around, most countries of the world live in completely different conditions. Governments do not have the capacity or the funds to provide this essential public service to its citizens. As a result, countries like Nicaragua have multiple private companies that provide cheaper mass transportation alternatives. Unfortunately, this plethora of individual transportation networks make public transportation difficult to map. A grassroots movement associated with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, an organization that focuses on creating maps in some of the poorest, desolate areas in the world started tackling this issue by utilizing crowdsourced mapping technology.