Many people are bad with numbers and statistics, which is why infographics have become popular. They are a way of displaying information in visual form. Niyi Abiri founded cMapIT on a similar premise and his creation is succeeding in helping people who have no data skills quickly create charts and maps, and embed them in reports.
The dream cMapIT was conceived while Abiri was an intern at a World Bank agency in Lagos. The agency used GIS software that was quite expensive, even though it solved their problems and helped with great review of field work. The software cost about $12,000.
He realized that someone needed to localize the software and create a cheap, and possibly free, alternative that could provide the satisfaction of representing issues with digital maps. And so, cMapit was conceptualised.
Developing The Dream
While cMapIT had been conceived as far back as 2010, it did not become a product until 2013. Niyi Abiri’s team developed a mobile mapping platform that captured some highly important and useful datasets Like potholes on Nigerian roads, traffic movement in Lagos, healthcare in the northern Nigerian, drainage systems in the south-west, MDGs project in the south-west, and many more.
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Source:: CP Africa