The lack of up-to-date water point data presents a huge challenge in the development of better monitoring, and investment policies for water resource management. Fragmentation of the water points information has led to a deluge of water point data, also making it a challenge for researchers and decision-makers to seek out the information they need. Crowdsourced data like OpenStreetMap (OSM), offer a huge opportunity for ubiquitous water point data generation that can completely transform the space of water resource monitoring. The Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx), a Global Water Challenge initiative, has designed a user-friendly data collection model and decision-making tools to improve evidence decision making. This presentation introduces a discussion of an EverywhereSheMaps, YouthMappers project, focused on integrating geospatial data crowdsourcing, and OSM data on WPDx data models for water point infrastructure for the establishment of bidirectional water point updates.
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