Month: March 2017

Manage spatial data Versions like a pro with GIS Open source version control tools

Manage spatial data Versions like a pro with GIS Open source version control tools

Agile, Data, Database, DevOps, General, Opensource, QGIS, Software
It's time to introduce DevOps to your GIS Data management workflow. If your organization manages big volumes of data, commonly referred to as Big Data, your workflows exhibit these common scenarios; Multiuser distributed data editing, frequent check-out and check-in of spatial data, data versions comparison over short time changes, edits conflict resolution, maintenance of the different versions against the production version during the lifecycle of data collection, cleansing, development and production. DevOps is a new term that has grown in the GEO-IT industry and GIS is not sidelined in its applicability. It presents a set of principles that in GIS would elaborate how to apply agility in administration and operation of your organizational data development lifecycle. It expands the va...
The release of batch GPS Importer QGIS Plugin

The release of batch GPS Importer QGIS Plugin

General, Opensource, QGIS
A new plugin, Batch GPS Importer has been released. This is a GPX file import automation plugin that converts multiple GPX files into a single layer with multiple features based on the features in each GPX file. The plugin enables you to convert waypoint, track, and route in GPX files to points, polygon, or line. The plugin by default treats all vertexes in GPX file as a single feature if there is no additional feature. If a file contains more than one feature types such as waypoint and track, both will be treated as a separate feature. The GPS Tools plugin handles the import of GPS files in QGIS. The Batch GPS Importer plugin improves efficiency by processing a task that could take weeks in just minutes. If the data is collected correctly, the feature conversion does not require mu...
Herve Villard: Consistent collection of hazard specific spatial data, and implementation of data  sharing mechanism-key to beating perennial devastation from disasters

Herve Villard: Consistent collection of hazard specific spatial data, and implementation of data sharing mechanism-key to beating perennial devastation from disasters

Interviews
Editors Pick " Most of disaster management initiatives or even studies rely on better understanding of the land cover and land use. The best source of land cover information in remote sensed data. Satellite imagery have been used to generate land cover for the integrated flood modeling project in Kigali." Herve Villard HABONIMANA, dearly married to the beautiful Adeline NIWEMUGENI (I wont pretend I know why the names and case sensitive! is It just looks cool) is a Geographer with credentials from the former National University of Rwanda and an MSc from Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands on Geo-Information and Earth Observation for Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management. Hereve's firt job was as a geography trainer at Imena College o...
STDM Code Sprint: Call for Participation

STDM Code Sprint: Call for Participation

Events, General, News, Opensource, QGIS
Code Sprints (also known as Hackathons) are a proven method to develop contributors community around an open source project. To ensure longevity for an open source project, as a sponsor or project owner you have to build capacity to potential contributors who can then invest the same know-how to improving the system for long term sustainability. It would be for this reason that  the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is organizing a code sprint that will bring together geospatial experts to further support the enhancement of the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) ecosystem. The Event Scheduled take place from April 24 to 27 at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya is organized by Metaspatial (Germany) in close cooperation with UN-Habitat and
FOSS4G 2018 Dar es Salaam Logo Contest

FOSS4G 2018 Dar es Salaam Logo Contest

Conferences, Events, General, News
Edited on 30/3/2017 with change of Submission date Now it is exciting news to have the Free and open Source GIS community gather in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the annual celebration. If you are an enthusiast like me, you'll agree with me, this is "Finger lickin' good." Besides interacting with global Open geospatial leaders and thought leaders, there is pretty neat content and learning that takes place during this venerable event of its kind. And if that is not enough, FOSS4G coming to Dar also means something else. You get to take part in design of its "outfit". That's right. You get to competitively take part in the Logo design through the FOSS4G 2018 Dar Logo Contest. At Geosymp we are delighted to extend to you the FOSS4G 2018 Local Organizing Committee call for logo designs
Major Acquisitions and Partnerships in the Geospatial Industry; the math of business transformation

Major Acquisitions and Partnerships in the Geospatial Industry; the math of business transformation

Applications, General, Industry
In the recent release of the Global Geospatial Industry Outlook Report by Geospatial Media and Communications, it is illustrated the drivers of Acquisitions and Partnerships that have been witnessed in this industry especially at the fall of 2013. The Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) point towards a rush to break into new markets for the companies, improving products release cycles and competitive edge. More often, partnerships aim at introducing new products to a companies line of products without having to develop the products internally. Here is a list of Mergers and Partnerships (M&A) that have notably transformed the geospatial landscape; Siemens and Bentley Systems Strategic Alliance Including Joint Investment Initiatives    This strategic alliance agreement focused
Dr Mark Boitt: UAVs have disrupted mapping as we knew it; and it’s fascinating

Dr Mark Boitt: UAVs have disrupted mapping as we knew it; and it’s fascinating

Interviews
A surveyor all rounded in the fields of Land & Engineering Survey and Remote Sensing Expert. Mark lecturers at JKUAT in the department of Geomatic Engineering and GIS.  In his own time you'll find Mark exploring the fantastic phenomena such as a possibility of life outside our milky way, travelling and reading. In his words: "I value professionalism and quality output with regard to geospatial assignments. My ambition is to become a seasoned licensed surveyor in the coming future." Editor's takeaway: "Africa has the technical capacity to advance research in geospatial technology, but experiences resource constraints" Qn: You have done extensive research on applications of Remote Sensing especially on desertification, ecological modelling, hydrological assessment, climate change mo
The role of Institutions of Higher Education in the Geospatial Industry

The role of Institutions of Higher Education in the Geospatial Industry

General, Industry
The Institutions of higher learning have a key role in ensuring the economic development of a country. In the past few years, we've had an increased number of graduates from different institutions of higher learning and different fields of specialization. Some fields register a higher number of individuals depending on the institution and this is much expected.  Over the years, the number of professionals in the industry has skyrocketed. The availability and accessibility of the institutions of higher learning, colleges and Universities, has enabled more students to get their entries to GIS, Survey and Remote Sensing related courses compared to the old days. The current trends in the industry, for example, awareness, has also contributed to the "liking" of the Geospatial related courses.
Geosymp becomes Geo4Africa Summit ’17 official Digital Media Partner

Geosymp becomes Geo4Africa Summit ’17 official Digital Media Partner

General, Geo4Africa Summit, News
Geosymp is delighted to be the official digital media partner of the Geo4Africa Summit 2017. This is a premier Geospatial conference that draws its participants from across the continent and globally. Global and local Geospatial Software, Solutions and Hardware providers, System Integrators, Developers and users will be gathering from 11th to 14th July 2017 in Kampala to showcase, present and discuss the work they've done with geospatial technology. This is surely an exciting moment and we at Geosymp are definitely delighted to be part of this remarkable premier event. The conference theme for this year is: "Geo Tools Innovating Knowledge Databases” aligned at the conference aiming to popularize geospatial technologies and their relevance to the social and economic development in Africa i