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Newly Available Map Compositions for Africa Resulting from Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021

SmartAfriHub offers a set of map compositions divided into various thematic groups. Feel free to explore them and extend them with your own layers!

Earth Observation

This map composition serves farms, individual farmers and the professional public to better understand the current state and development of vegetation in the field.


Open Land Use

Open Land Use is a composite map showing the land cover for the whole Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Pan-African Dataset

The Pan_African dataset includes selected data from RCMRD, FAO and Rural Attractiveness for Africa.


Agrihub INSPIRE Hackathon 2022: Challenge #7 OLU4Africa

The Open Land Use is an initiative of Plan4All association to create a seamless land use/ land cover map. At first, the initiative was focused on creating an OLU map just for Europe filling it just with land use/ land cover data. Later, the extent has changed also to Africa, and the data model has changed to easily integrate other thematic data (soils, geomorphology etc.). 

In the first version of OLU for Africa, just available vector datasets were used: Open Street Map, Africover, and some local datasets. The second version used Open Street Map and  S2 prototype land cover 20m map of Africa 2016 from CCI (with pan-African coverage). 

The second version of Open Land Use for Africa was created during Open Spring INSPIRE Hackathon 2021 and the dataset was created mainly based on Open Street Map data and S2 prototype land cover 20m map of Africa 2016 from CCI (Climate Change Initiative).

The goal of the challenge is to improve the second version of the Open Land Use map for Africa with ESA World Cover data, satellite data, and other potential data sources.

The initial attempts were already done. 

The function that uses TerraCatalogue to get World Cover data by a given extent is done. Also, there has been work done on functions that vectorize data from World Cover, that do computations by tiles (in some large provinces is impossible to do computations without splitting data into data tiles), and then a function that merges data tiles.

Some prototype that demonstrates the difference between the second version of OLU for Africa and the new version that incorporates World Cover was created: https://tinyurl.com/yak642nl :

The second version:

The prototype:

As it is seen the advantage of incorporating World Cover is big. Also, the incorporation of other data sources including satellite data or some local information could improve the result. However, the main goal will be to create the third version of Open Land Use for Africa, that will incorporate World Cover, and the addition of other data sources will be features that are good to have.

The ambition of the challenge

In this challenge, the main focus will be to create the third version that will incorporate the World Cover dataset by ESA. Additionally, the revision of new suitable data sources will be done.

Next steps

The description of the World Cover dataset is given here: https://esa-worldcover.org/en/data-access .

The programming language that is used is Python 3, and the outcome data is stored in PostgreSQL database. The code for creating the second version of OLU for Africa is available:


The prototype code to be used for creation of the third version will be shared soon.

The registration for the challenges is open! Register for this hackathon challenge HERE.



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A library providing a foundation to build map GUI and extra components such as layer manager, permalink generating, styling of vector features, including OpenGIS® Web Map Service Interface Standard (WMS) layers to the map in a user friendly way.

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Micka tool is a set of libraries and a web application for management and discovery of geospatial (meta)data.

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