Year: 2016

7 Ways to improve your GIS skills in 2017

7 Ways to improve your GIS skills in 2017

General
As 2017 approaches, you probably analyzing your 2016, noting your failures and successes and have decided to compile a check-list for the new year's resolutions on matters Geo. That's really good of you. In the beginning of 2016, I set out some measures to ensure I kept growing my skills in this industry and I have seen a tremendous growth in terms of skills related to the Geospatial realm. I will share some of the ways I have made this possible and I hope you will become a better GIS professional in 2017. Take a GIS Course The GIS sector is growing fast and technology is changing fast too.  As a professional, you need to be at pace with 'things' in your area of specialization. You could take a refresher course on some of the areas you think you need help or some guidance on the changes
Existing open source platforms to publish spatial data

Existing open source platforms to publish spatial data

API&SDK, Applications, Database, ESRI, General, GeoIT, Integrations, Leaflet, Opensource
Working with spatial data is such an exciting task and always give insights into solving existing problems in your job area. Sharing this data with your friends, work mates and the world at large is even a more exciting job and achievement. Having your work read, and seen by many people is just so fulfilling. In this post, I explore the existing open source platforms that you can use in sharing your work to the world. ArcGIS Online - Publish your data in near real-time using this platform that consumes a number of data formats and rich in analytic tools to aid in cartographic aspect of your data. CartoDB - An alternative to Google Map Engine with additional benefits out of the box. Has recently received great attention from developers by leveraging the powerful APIs that exist on thi...
Land information management database center launched in Mwea

Land information management database center launched in Mwea

Applications, Case Studies, Industry, Opensource, QGIS
Mwea irrigation scheme is well known for its mass rice production in Kenya. It covers an area of land (approx. 30,000 Acres) and is managed by the National Irrigation Board. The board is responsible for  the control and maintenance of utilities in the area including road maintenance, canals clearing, water gates installation, water regulation etc. The management of this scheme has however been based on experience basis and reliance on statistics over the years in the area. Water and other amenities are however vital to the growth of rice in the scheme and each farmer, for example, has to pay for the water prior to a planting season. This allows for the access of this scarce facility in their paddy fields. Records for all land owners, who have paid for their water bills and who owns the pad
A list of blogs for GIS developers

A list of blogs for GIS developers

General, Industry
GIS development is one of the fastest growing part of GIS that every professional is seeking to delve into. Developing GIS programs is quite a process and requires great concentration on the deliverable. Resources to help in learning this kind of development are available, though not all, but do not exist in unison. Mostly, beginners have difficulties in finding these resources and end up spending days, months or even years before they finding quality material that they need. In this post, I highlight a few GIS blogs that are great for GIS development and offer well-documented guides for achieving a task. Follow along. The list is not exhaustive, and it gives room for more blogs from you. There exist so many blogs on GIS. From experience, if you have a blog you have seen or used and...
6 Things GIS Professionals should know about Web Mapping

6 Things GIS Professionals should know about Web Mapping

General
The use of GIS in different industries has exploded with the advent of such technologies like Internet of Things,  Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligent that facilitate data analysis and sharing within users on the web or a network. In sharing spatial data with partners, stakeholders, clients and the public, we foster development and creation of knowledge bases that help governments and the private sector to make timely and well-structured decisions in terms of planning and analysis. This therefore calls for professional work execution by experts from the Geospatial realm to help industry attain sustainable development as planned in their goals and objectives. In this article, I will share six important aspects to be considered when developing web mapping applications; Communicati
The role of GIS in conventional land survey

The role of GIS in conventional land survey

General
James, a young land survey expert, was very tired and annoyed from a long day in the field with no success. He sat on the first seat he could find after a long struggle with his laptop bag, the total station, hand-held GPS, the tape and other things that he barely needed for his fieldwork. “Could things be any better?” These are the questions he asked himself every day after the hard work with no or little fruits. Would there be a day he would go out using a map to give him the exact route to follow to a given destination without going through or over fences and getting lost every day, not knowing the owner of the land and as if it is a must to have two or more owners of the same piece of land and not that they are partners everyone owned that land independently, disagreement with neig
Create web map applications using Mango

Create web map applications using Mango

Applications, Case Studies, GeoIT, Integrations, Tutorial
With the advent of numerous technologies in the Geospatial sector, web mapping has become a must-have skill when handling spatial data in this realm. Sharing information across nodes, devices and users is vital to allow for faster project execution and management. Today, creating web maps has become an easy task taking into consideration that some platforms require little to no programming skills, no licenses and no  massive servers to launch. I have been testing some of these platforms within a duration of about one year and have seen great improvements by the teams behind these platforms. Starting from ArcGIS Online, QGIS Cloud, GIS Cloud, Mapbox, CartoDB and Mango. Today, I will demonstrate the procedures involved in making maps with Mango. First, you can find out how Mango works by
Why the AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank was a never-miss event

Why the AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank was a never-miss event

Case Studies, Conferences, Data, Events, GeoIT, Industry, Integrations, Opensource, QGIS
The AgriGIS workshop and Think Tank was a resourceful event that was held at RCMRD (host) in conjuction with The University of Nottingham,Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and  Crops For the Future(CFF) on October 27-28, 2016. Among the delegates were Professionals, Policy Makers, government organizations, NGOs, Private institutions , Journalists (In Agriculture), Life changers and institutions of higher learning from all over the world. The workshop, as the name indicates, focused on the use of Open data, GIS, Remote sensing and Surveying technologies to 'end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’ (UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2)). Projects from different sectors leveraging these technologies were showcased

Interested in Esri EA training program for students? The Incredible Chelsea, Alex and Louisa tells us about it in the GeoInterview right here

Interviews
In this week GeoInterview, we'll be talking to a team of incredible ladies who recently presented some stunning GIS solutions developed over the period of their Esri EA training programme. They'll be telling us about their experience through the programme and how beneficial it can be to other students and recent graduates. So brace yourself to meet our interviewees... Our interviewees are Chelsea Lulu, Alexandra Mutungi and Louisa Masembe who went through the Esri Eastern Africa students training programme to equip them with skills on cutting edge technology in the GIS industry. Alexandra pursued a BSc in Environmental Science from Kabarak University and spent an earlier spell of her internship with Tsavo & Samburu National  Park where she discovered how essential GIS is in envir
SETTING UP YOUR GEOSPATIAL PYTHON  ENVIRONMENT: PART 2

SETTING UP YOUR GEOSPATIAL PYTHON ENVIRONMENT: PART 2

Learning GIS, Opensource, Tutorial
In this post, we begin where Part 1 left off on how to set up your geospatial python environment. We will install some of the libraries together with the dependencies on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. All the commands are input in the terminal which can be accessed by Ctrl +Alt+T. First, we will install build-essentials which is acts as a reference for compiling debian packages and install pip3 which will install all the libraries mentioned in the previous article. Pip3 will be used to install setuptools which will allow us to download and install Python packages automatically. Installing prerequisites Use the commands sudo apt-get install build-essential to install build essentials and sudo apt-get install python3-pip to install pip. Now, use pip3 to install python set up tools through this c...