Month: October 2016

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...
How GIS affects your everyday life

How GIS affects your everyday life

General, Industry, News
Do you wonder how spatial information affects your life? Do you find yourself questioning yourself whether GIS is very important? You don’t have to be a GIS professional to observe how location is integrated to almost everything in the modern day. Below are several ways how GIS can impact your life. A few years back, geo-technology was not appreciated well enough in Kenya. However, that is not the case anymore. Geospatial knowledge is now being used as the key to unlock how we understand our environment in very many ways. From the basics to specialization, tools to techniques GIS can greatly impact your life even without you knowing. GIS information or data being used as evidence in a court of law is a great example. Although digitally produced information does not hold water in cour
Mobile Data Collection with ODK and ONA

Mobile Data Collection with ODK and ONA

Applications, Data, GeoIT, Integrations, Tutorial
In any project, data collection is an important stage as it provides a basis for analysis and planning of the other stages of the project. Today, I will demonstrate an easy, cheaper and also effective way of collecting data in the fields using a mobile phone and a hosted server where your data is sent back to the office in real-time. I will be using Ona as the server for my data where all data collected using the mobile device will be sent to and ODK Collect which provides a platform for data collection on mobile devices. The setup on each of the platforms is quite easy and straight forward. The ODK Collect can be downloaded from respective online App stores. Note: The reason as to why these systems are chosen is because, Location data is to be collected (in respect to device locatio...
SETTING UP YOUR  GEOSPATIAL PYTHON ENVIRONMENT: PART 1

SETTING UP YOUR GEOSPATIAL PYTHON ENVIRONMENT: PART 1

Learning GIS, Opensource, Tutorial
  This article is about to hand you freedom to develop GUI, scripts, web maps and spatial data management tools while using Python programming language. First, you have to install the relevant libraries that play a great role in using Python to manipulate and store data. What determined the list of the tools below? Well, this list is derived from the modern trends and standards recommended by the GIS industry. Again, the tools mentioned work easily with the already flourishing systems in the GIS world. Below are the components you need to set up your environment: Virtualenv If you are carrying out various different GIS projects, virtualenv will help you work with various python libraries in their different versions without worrying about downgrades or upgrades. That means ...