IITA Banana Production Areas Editor at http://banana.mappr.info

FYI, even if you’re not one of the Banana People, you may find IITA’s effort to crowdsource banana production information inspiring. Hein and his colleague are developing this site using full OpenSource stack (GeoServer + PostGIS + GeoExt / WordPress) at impressively fast phase, on the infrastructure provided by CGIAR-CSI (hey, who else!) and HarvestChoice. Please see Hein’s message below and provide any feedback to the team.

By the way, be careful! This site is currently still in development and being actively reviewed by the Banana People/Community; please don’t just try to test drive with arbitrary edits. We all know that the key to success in this crowdsourcing business is the control of data quality, right?  🙂



From: Bouwmeester, Hein (IITA-TZ)
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2010 2:34 PM
Subject: Banana Production Editor

Dear banana people,

In the past weeks we have been working on an online editor of banana production zones in Africa. It is a continuation of the banana mapping exercise that was launched at banana2008 in Mombasa. The goal of the project is to make spatial and reliable information on banana production available to whoever is interested.

The Editor is still in its development stage and there is lots of room for improvement. This is why we ask some of your time and help to improve our tool and make information available on an undervalued crop in a data-poor environment. Please take a look at http://banana.mappr.info/. The homepage is a blog with all specifications and a link to the tool (the editor). To ensure data quality you will be asked to register.  The blog offers many possibilities to leave (public) comments but we also respond to direct comments per email.

For those of you with imperfect internet connections, please be patient as the tool is bandwidth sensitive. We tried to limit this but unfortunately spatial data has its restrictions.

Best regards,

and we look forward to your comments,

Hein Bouwmeester (h.bouwmeester@cgiar.org) and Philippe Rieffel  (Philippe.rieffel@rwth-live.de)

3 Responses to “IITA Banana Production Areas Editor at http://banana.mappr.info”

  1. Luigi Guarino September 15, 2010 at 6:52 am #

    Interesting initiative. Will it include documentation of the variety being grown?

  2. Philippe Rieffel September 16, 2010 at 6:02 am #

    Hey Luigi, the dataset we work with already includes this information, and just yesterday I added a layer to visualize this to the read only version of our software, more information on this: http://banana.mappr.info/blog/?p=356Regards,Philippe Rieffel

  3. AgroBioDiverse September 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks, Philippe, that’s great to know. Would be great to use the data eventually to map the spatial distribution of diversity in this crop, at least at variety level. This issue is discussed to some extent here: http://agro.biodiver.se/2010/09/spatial-datasets-in-the-limelight/.