Kshitij Raj Sharma

Kshitij Raj Sharma is a product owner for map data access services at HOTOSM from Nepal, He is a passionate spatial developer with a love for open-source software and open data. His expertise in spatial data and deep interest in mapping led him to explore the potential of AI. Kshitij has been experimenting and advocating for FOSS and contributing to open data initiatives for the past seven years. He is also a maintainer of several open-source tools including free and open-source AI tool: fAIr, OSM Export Tool, Raw Data API, geojson2osm, OSMSG etc and an founding member of OSGEO Nepal


Production release announcement for fAIr, HOT’s AI assisted mapping community service
Anna Zanchetta, Omran NAJJAR, Kshitij Raj Sharma

fAIr is an open AI-assisted mapping service developed by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) that aims to improve the efficiency and accuracy of mapping efforts for humanitarian purposes. The service uses AI models, specifically computer vision techniques, to detect objects such as buildings, roads, waterways, and trees from satellite and UAV imagery.

The name fAIr is derived from the following terms:

F for freedom and free and open-source software. AI for Artificial Intelligence. R for for resilience and our responsibility for our communities and the role we play within humanitarian mapping.

The talk will announce the production release of fAIr tool that is available for wider OSM communities, illustrate the academic background and showcase the research developed in recent months to assess how the accuracy of the training process performs, evaluating the accuracy metric currently used and comparing against different metrics scenarios.

Room CA7