Month: December 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