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.
This is my very first step in GIS and web mapping to be specific. Being in my first year in campus, I have this passion for GIS that drives me out of the norm to explore and learn new things that come my way. It took hard work and determination and I finally came up with a story map app. I had to ignore the fact that I had very little knowledge of this course. The app that I created did not come out of the blues nor did I just wake up and do it. It required the know-how to create it. So, I enrolled for an online course from Udemy that I was able to learn the Esri program. I faithfully did the course and at the end of it I acquired the skills on how to make story map apps, geo-apps, native apps among others. This is when I came up with KENYA’S BIG FIVE map story. The web map can be accessed
For this article I would like to compare GIS to a very expansive forest that is constantly breaking its banks and invading coastal towns. The waters of GIS have swamped fields such as business, health and are now encroaching into the least likely of places; GIS and gaming. I am almost 90% certain most of you crinkled your brows in skepticism when you saw the title. However, I kid you not, GIS has found a way to brilliantly embed itself into the gaming industry. Video games, besides being a major mode of entertainment for majority of today’s youth, kids and adults as well. Hence it is a great avenue for education about history or certain aspects of modern day life. There was a dying need for games to be more than just entertainment. Gaming companies are going neck to neck looking for new
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
Lets start with something basic.Tell us about yourself? Dr. Mubea’s background is in Geomatic engineering, GIS and Remote Sensing. He has work experience as a professional trainer and expert in geospatial applications. He holds a PhD in remote sensing and GIS from University of Bonn, Germany. (more…)