Month: January 2017

How to find GIS jobs or Projects

How to find GIS jobs or Projects

General, Industry
Everyone is searching for a good GIS jobs out there in the market today. You might have sent a job application letter, a resume, met managers for jobs ,asked relatives for jobs, tried out startups e.t.c . The truth of the matter, and a painful one, is that we will not all fit into the formal jobs basket. Oops, yeah! But this doesn't mean you halt your job search. Keep on, you never know, you might get it tomorrow. There are many ways of killing a rat, a phrase often used to signify the many possibilities into doing something, applies everywhere across the board. If you don't land into that formal job, what's next? movies all day?visiting friends?going back to the country side? think of an alternative?. I don't know. You tell me. This post focuses more on the latter in the sense that, we...
Laban Karanja: “GIS is already becoming a darling of the business world..”

Laban Karanja: “GIS is already becoming a darling of the business world..”

Interviews
Hi! My name is Laban Karanja - currently working as a Solutions Engineer with Esri Eastern Africa. Sounds like a grand title but it basically means that my job is to craft ArcGIS - based solutions for people/organizations who need them. I wasn't always into GIS (actually most of the people I work with would tell you I'm more into the 'IS' part of it than I am the 'G') - I stumbled onto it when I applied for a job at the company I currently work for. I studied Telecommunication Engineering at JKUAT many moons ago but never managed to join that sector. GIS was a bit more welcoming and I'm glad that I ended up here. Hobbies? I'm all about sleep, watching and listening to audio interviews and reading articles about the music business.   You can find Laban on Twitter @sowanch  also
GIS Programming – Baby Steps

GIS Programming – Baby Steps

General, Learning GIS
GIS programming and where to begin The hardest part when writing any piece is the beginning, so I’m going to just dive in. Programming by itself sends chills down the spines of many. Hours and hours spent behind a computer screen typing mindless letters and numbers, drinking too much coffee and the frustration!!! I’d be lying if I said there’s none of that. However, programming is more than just a skill, it’s a way of life; a culture. Then there is GIS. This article assumes that you are already aware of GIS and the power you can wield with it. Programming is to GIS what sugar is to a milkshake. The systems you are using now, your Arc GIS and your Mapbox are all products of programming. You are probably up to your hair with digitizing, analysis and what not, and are looking for a bigger t
5 Principles that will deliver SDI Implementation for County Governments

5 Principles that will deliver SDI Implementation for County Governments

Applications, Data, General, Industry
It goes without saying that there have been quite commendable efforts towards initiating the development of a Spatial Data Infrastructure in Kenya at w/e level of the said implementation effort; the efforts could be towards a narrow implementation just within an organization or broadly at county or national level like the case for KNSDI and the recent spree of efforts at county levels. The SPatial Planning Act for CGs that was tipped to accelarate the Geospatial Capacity of the CGs failed to see light of day a/w. It also a general consensus among stakeholders that non of these efforts have tangible or any documented results - simply “white-elephants”. Or at the very least I can say that any results if there was, has escaped my attention till this moment. However, the goal of this articl
Geo-interview with Charity Mbaka

Geo-interview with Charity Mbaka

Interviews
Charity Mbaka is currently a student at JKUAT taking GIS. Charity is actively learning GIS programming especially WebGIS technologies. She's also an FX (special effects) artist for Mekan Games @MekanGames a local game development startup, founded by a team of students at JKUAT. Charity enjoys music (vocals and the trumpet) and food. @charity_mbaka Qn: What are some of the exciting projects you have worked on? What are you working on now? Ans: Working on Zunguka was a great opportunity for me. Zunguka is a navigation and information guide for institutions, taking JKUAT as a case study. This is purely a GIS System that we developed together with my two other friends and it won the JKUAT TEch Expo 2016 with enormous support. I have also worked on Craving Carrots, a video game where th
Managing your Web GIS using the ArcGIS Python API

Managing your Web GIS using the ArcGIS Python API

API&SDK, Applications, ESRI, General, GeoIT, Integrations, Software
The GIS industry has really come into its own in the last few years and is continuing to experience phenomenal growth rates. A PR Newswire report in early 2016 had the global geographic information system market growing at a compound annual growing rate of 11% between 2015 and 2020, mainly due to increased urbanization and the development of smart infrastructure. Naturally, this is expected to raise demand for skilled GIS professionals to run these systems and consequently there will be many individuals gunning for these positions. One sure way for a GIS professional to stand out is possessing some programming skills. If you've been in the GIS world for any amount of time, you'll notice that the predominantly popular programming language is Python - a dynamic and strongly typed programming...
The Present and the Future in Geospatial technology: What transformation are we looking forward  to seeing in this industry?

The Present and the Future in Geospatial technology: What transformation are we looking forward to seeing in this industry?

Applications, Case Studies, General, GeoIT, Industry, Integrations, News, Software
This article was inspired by a recent discussion on a Whatsapp group Do you think traditional GIS desktop apps will become redundant given the rapid developments in SaaS, PaaS etc? What's your take? With the proliferation of Cloud computing, especially considering it offsets your organization infrastructure costs allowing you to invest in what matters, software service, we've seen numerous new technologies and concept emerge within geospatial technology Internet of things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, 3D Mapping and BIM, Smart Cities concepts. So are these the future of Geospatial technology? Are we looking at something more? Is desktop application loosing ground to cloud based solutions? First, let agree on this; I believe desktop application will be replaced by cl...
Pondi Brian: GIS “…is the present and the future…” from enhancing population health services to business services

Pondi Brian: GIS “…is the present and the future…” from enhancing population health services to business services

Interviews
Having graduated with BA Geography from Moi University majoring in GIS, currently I'm a RS/GIS Analyst/Python Developer at CIAT. I have purposed to mentor GIS students in Universites of Nairobi, JKUAT and Moi University on GIS, Remote Sensing and GIS Programming just after graduating in Sept 2016.  Apart from sitting in front of computers I have a Social life which I always keep private. I love Roller Skating as an outdoor activity and hanging out with kids. Find me on Linkedn @Pondi Brian and Facebook Qn: What inspired you to dive into GIS? PB: To be honest, it was a “good accident”, the then Joint Admission Board (JAB) gave me a Geography Degree course in Moi University, as opposed to Computer Science and Technology degrees which I applied for, after the introduction to GIS a
Factors to consider when starting a GIS company

Factors to consider when starting a GIS company

General
This is 2017. Happy New Year all. In this year, people have different goals and objectives that they have resorted to after reflecting on their 2016. Some have ambitions to make it big in the career, other have great expectations for businesses and others plan on how to get their own firms or companies to run their own GIS projects. All these are great plans for 2017. In planning to start your own GIS company, there are factors that guide your way down the private business adventure. These are the factors highlighted  in this post. Networks/Connections Networks in business are  vital as they form the basis of what you will be working on in your private company. Networking is an essential skill for anyone venturing into the business world. You'll have to resort to new ways of establishing