Wednesday, June 23, 2010

MAPS: Open Maps Caucasus - JumpStart Creates Free Electronic Maps of 4 Georgian Towns (

Tbilisi, Georgia. Open Maps Caucasus, a JumpStart International mapping initiative, expanded its work outside of Tbilisi and started to create free, electronic maps of four more towns in Georgia. Maps of Kutaisi, Batumi, Telavi and Akhaltsikhe are already available online at:

Our four regional offices expanded mapping from their towns to include the rest of their respective municipalities Maps are constantly updated and can be downloaded at:

One of the main goals of OMC-J is to develop social capital in regions by engaging as many people as possible in all areas of organization work. Over 170 people, including community organizers, mapping enthusiasts, and office interns, are already involved in various areas of the OMC-J’s work.

Our team in Akhaltsikhe plays a leading role in mapping and project development. The Akhaltsikhe team has recruited the largest number of active and engaged volunteers. With their help, our Community Organizers have already mapped 30 villages and moved onto the second largest city in the region, Borjomi.

Kutaisi, Telavi, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe were the first towns selected to host OMC-J regional offices because of their geographic and strategic importance. In June new mapping stations will open in Zugdidi, Marneuli, Mestia, Oni and Barisakho (the list is tentative).

The OMC-J website provides news and updates on all of our projects and activities. For more information on the regional mapping process, blogs, videos, and volunteering information, please visit About OMC, A JumpStart Mapping Initiative
Open Maps Caucasus is a JumpStart International mapping initiative dedicated to the creation of open geographic data and promoting its use by building capacity in the Caucasus for visualizing information geographically. Our community-based mapping model generates valuable data and sustainable impact by training volunteers and engaging people around open content and ways to use it to develop civil society, business, good governance, and above all, means of expression. To learn more about OMC-J, visit:

About JumpStart International
JumpStart International began in 2003 with a vision to empower Iraqis through employment projects rebuilding the country. JumpStart, a US-based charitable organization, has evolved into a driver of capacity for leveraging new technologies in under-served communities. Currently JumpStart supports Georgia-based Open Maps Caucasus in implementing a community-based model for creating map data, seeding a lasting forum for civil society innovation. To learn more about JumpStart International, visit:

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