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Facebook unveils population density map data

Facebook has unveiled its Population Density Map data to the public, reports ITRealms.

In unveiling this, the Strategic Products Partnerships Manager, Facebook, Emeka Afigbo, noted that government policymakers, academics and local organisations will all benefit from access to this rich dataset.

According to him, the dataset comes with potential applications such as socio-economic research, infrastructure planning, and risk assessment for natural disasters.

"To start, Facebook has shared data sets for Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, and they can be found on the website of CIESIN at Columbia University. More countries will be added over the coming months," he said.

Meanwhile, the first FbStart Meetup in Africa held in South Africa with over 150 developers and entrepreneurs.

During this half-day event, ITRealms reports that attendees met the Facebook team, learnt about Facebook platform tools for developers, and saw how Facebook works with mobile app start-ups through the FbStart programme.

“It would not be possible for us to accomplish our mission of making the world more open and connected without the help of developers and other partners in our community,”  Afigbo said, stressing that they were delighted by the excellent turnout for the workshop and excited by the possibilities of the great ideas seen from the delegates at the FbStart event.

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