IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem

2022 - 2025

To co-create an integrated data ecosystem that enables routine, accurate mapping of slums, informal settlements, and other deprived areas across LMIC cities 

FUNDING

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem project is co-designing and developing a participatory data-modelling ecosystem to produce deprived area maps routinely and accurately at scale across cities in lower and middle-income countries (LMIC) to support multiple local stakeholders in their decision-making.

The Data Ecosystem combines artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of earth observation data with community mapping and engagement to improve how we define and understand areas of deprivation (“slums”) in cities. The project integrates multiple public, official, and community-generated datasets to produce granular surface maps of deprived areas across individual cities.

Working with collaborators from the pilot cities in Nigeria (Lagos and Kano) and Kenya (Nairobi), the IDEAMAPS project is generating new data and enhancing the capabilities of various stakeholders to understand and address urban poverty, health, and well-being. The result is that community members and decision-makers will have an improved, co-produced evidence base, as well as strengthened communication networks based on common understandings and trust. These outcomes will support pro-equity interventions to effectively address current issues on urban planning, slum upgrading and urban health.

PHASE 1 OUTPUTS AND ACTIVITIES:

Project launch events in Lagos, Nairobi, and Kano

Participatory Action Research Groups meet in Lagos

Publications and Reports:

Co-Design Phase #1 Report

Modelling Brief #1: Process to select datasets to model

Mapping Deprived Urban Areas Using Open Geospatial Data and Machine Learning in Africa

IDEAMAPS Projects

The IDEAMAPS Network has produced an evolving family of projects with local teams in cities across the world.Our family of projects develop datasets of urban deprivation and assets (IDEAMAP Sudan, SLUMAP, IDEAtlas, and the IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem), and foster capacity among stakeholders to use data for decision-making (Data4HumanRights, IDEAMAP Sudan).

PROJECTS WE’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON

2022 - 2025
Currently Active
IDEAMAPS Data Ecosystem

LAGOS, Nigeria - NAIROBI, Kenya - KANO, Nigeria

To co-create an integrated data ecosystem that enables routine, accurate mapping of slums, informal settlements, and other deprived areas across LMIC cities 

2022 - 2025
Currently Active
IDEAtlas

Mexico City, Mexico - Medellín, Colombia - Salvador, Brazil - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lagos, Nigeria - Nairobi, Kenya - Mumbai, India - Jakarta, Indonesia

The primary objective of IDEAtlas is to develop, implement, validate and showcase advanced AI-based methods to automatically map and characterize the spatial extent of slums from Earth Observation (EO) data.

2022 - 2025
Currently Active
Data4HumanRights

LAGOS, Nigeria - NAIROBI, Kenya - KANO, Nigeria

Data4HumanRights develops together with JEI and Community Mappers training materials to professionalize the training of community data collectors. We are presently developing a set of 28 short training units.

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