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DIT student wins 2018 Greatness in Mapping Award

Posted: 4 September, 2018

Mats’eliso Thobei, an MSc Spatial Planning student in DIT, has won the prestigious "Greatness in Mapping Award" at the 2018 State of the Map Conference, an annual worldwide gathering which celebrates the very best of talent in the Open Street Mapping community.

Mats'eliso, a planner from Lesotho, was recognised for her contributions to OpenStreetMap (OSM) – an Open Source mapping tool which allows talented planners to contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world.  Mats’eliso, or Tshedy as she is known in the OSM community, was a favourite to win the "Greatness in Mapping Award", getting more votes from her peers than the next two nominees put together.  She also came a highly respectable second in the "Improving Africa" category.

Thsedy is also soon to be one of the first graduates of the Fingal Lesotho Partnership, which is proving to be a great success.  Fingal County Council, in partnership with the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, have sponsored two students through the MSc Spatial Planning programme with three new students from Lesotho due to join in September 2018.