This was an unfunded pilot project run by the members of GroupMappers in Bangladesh. The study area was covered in most areas of Bandarban and a few areas of Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar districts in southeastern Bangladesh. The main objective of the study was to develop a simple, low cost and time efficient method of geospatial data collection. Therefore a group of people were deployed to extract communities from Google Earth those were selected during a technical workshop held on 15th October 2017 at Cadet College Club in Dhaka, Bangladesh and formed a core expert group. The study was completed on 15th February 2018 and 3394 km2 areas were accomplished during this study by the team.
We support communicable disease control programs under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in Bangladesh through collection of high quality, high resolution geospatial data. The initial goal is to map communities in selected rural areas. Once, complete, the next stap will be to label the polygons with the names of communities through crowdsourcing.