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Saint Lucia’s first ever Mapathon dubbed “Map Saint Lucia,” which encourages locals to engage in mapping projects of economic and social value for Saint Lucia was launched on 19 January 2016.

The highly collaborative and interactive exercise via Openstreetmap.org will provide a better understanding about the island’s landscape, while improving the discoverability of places and communities island-wide.  

The Mapathon will also demonstrate how technical innovators and entrepreneurs can use mapping data for national development.

“Map Saint Lucia” is being is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting as one of the activities commemorating Saint Lucia’s 37th Independence Anniversary.

Speaking at Tuesday’s launch, Minister for The Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, Senator the Honourable Dr. James Fletcher said the event is a significant component of government’s open data programme.  

The Mapathon will include among other activities, presentations by experts on mapping; and an introduction in the use of an online royalty-free geo-data tool and basic mapping skills.  
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