iGaza map

Thanks to Mikel Maron’s post “Only Possible With Open Data” who deals with the things we can achieve when choosing to work with open geographic data (as in OpenStreetMap) over proprietary data owned by corporations (Google Map Maker as an example), i got to know some cartography/geography projects around the globe that i wasn’t aware to.

One of the examples Mikel mentions, is this neat “first tourist map of the city of Gaza” made by Midad. Personally i find it beautiful and even challenging the reality of the ongoing Israeli attacks over Gaza strip, as mentioned in their website:

Just 40km (25 miles) long and 10km wide, it is home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians. The shape of the territory was defined by the Armistice Line following the Following the occupation of Palestine in 1948 and the subsequent war between the Israeli and Arab armies. Egypt administered the Strip for the next 19 years, but Israel captured it during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and Gaza has been under Israeli control until 2004, Israel announced the decision to separate from Gaza, that has not been accepted internationally as Israel still exercises control over most of Gaza’s land borders, as well as its territorial waters and airspace. Egypt controls Gaza’s southern border

Gaza City is the Strip’s biggest population centre and has about 400,000 inhabitants. As in other towns in Gaza, there are high levels of poverty, deprivation and unemployment in Gaza City. Over the years, Israeli air strikes targeting militants in the densely populated areas have often killed bystanders as well. Gaza’s other two main population centres are Khan Younis (population 200,000) in central Gaza and Rafah (population 150,000) in the south.