Tag: GIS

Shapefile wins the FME lifetime achievement award on its 25th birthday. And Twitter goes into a buzz

Shapefile wins the FME lifetime achievement award on its 25th birthday. And Twitter goes into a buzz

General, News
Shapefile is the most popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information system (GIS) software. Having been developed by Esri, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Also, this is due to it usability and simplicity. Its ubiquity, literally places it in the front row support in all GIS applications as the de facto format. When I first created my custom GIS application using MapWinGIS Engine, there was just one spatial data format it supported. Yes, you guessed right, Shapefile for the start, then everything else followed. And Friday was a special day for Shapefile at the FME UC, with a Twitter parody and commentary account which has lived to its reputation, hilarious and inspiring. If you thought your twitter bio rocks, no, not even close. https://twitter.com/shapefiIe/s
5 WAYS TO BOOST GIS GRADUATES SKILLS FOR THE JOB MARKET

5 WAYS TO BOOST GIS GRADUATES SKILLS FOR THE JOB MARKET

General, Industry
Insufficiency of relevant GIS job market skills for fresh graduates is not just a geo-industry problem. However, the situation is rather wanting when we look at the employment numbers and the skill-set that employers salivate for in an individual. So how can graduates be ready? Graduate trainee programs Graduate trainee programs offer a tactful way of absorbing the new to-be workers. Although some companies are using this method to scout for talent and mold the near perfect employees, the numbers are not enough. Very few geo-companies have such programs which results to low numbers of graduates who benefit from the initiatives. Increasing the number of the trainee graduate programs in the industry means that a very small number will be eventually employed by the training company, ...
Great business opportunities with open source software

Great business opportunities with open source software

General, Industry, Opensource
It's seven years since I heard and used a GIS for the first time. Back then, when my knowledge of GIS was limited to a few lectures that I had in my first semester of my degree programme back in college, the expectations of a great future with GIS were so high. I never understood the nitty gritty in this field. With time, I learnt a lot in terms of software, data analysis, data management, system development, web GIS and many more. From the beginning, data analysis, map making and data publishing was done in open source software. This was due to the lack of various licenses required to use proprietary GIS software on our personal computers. Having acquired skills based on these software, the industry looked so promising and had to up the game to meet the expected standards in the market. I...
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
Key opportunities in the Geospatial Industry

Key opportunities in the Geospatial Industry

Case Studies, General, Industry
The use of GIS continues to find its ways in many fields out there with time compared to some years ago. This growth has been facilitated by various factors in the industry and more plans been put in use to even better the sector. In this post, I explore the key opportunities that exist in the industry that spearhead the use and the growth of GIS. Changing Institutional Structure Over the past few year, many organizations were not leveraging the power of GIS in their day-to-day operations. This might have been due to a number of reasons(depending on the organization). As time moved by, the integration of GIS in many sectors of business, education, health, public transport has ever since improved the consumption of Geospatial products by both individuals and organizations. Today, most com...
How to increase swap space and install GeoNode in Ubuntu 14.04

How to increase swap space and install GeoNode in Ubuntu 14.04

Applications, General, GeoIT, Integrations, Tutorial
The quick installation guide of GeoNode  not that smooth, you are going to experience some challenges on the PostgreSQL locales. This tutorial will guide you especially when installing GeoNode on a server with less than minimum requirements. Installing GeoNode requires intensive resources on a local machine or even on the server. Mainly because of GeoServer which requires a minimum of 1GB RAM to operate. If your machine or server has less than 1GB RAM, one can increase swap space to accommodate the operating requirements for GeoServer and GeoNode modules. Steps  #Check memory size $ free -m #Check harddisk space $ df -h #Create swapfile $ sudo fallocate -l 9G /swapfile && chmod 600 /swapfile && sudo mkswap /swapfile && sudo swapon /swapfile &
Top 8 Questions asked in a GIS job interview

Top 8 Questions asked in a GIS job interview

General, Industry, Jobs
A month ago, I met some guys preparing for a GIS job interview in one of the companies in town. Some looked confident  for the interview while others seemed doubtful of the entire process. I had a chat with the guys, as a casual friend, as the first person went in for the interview. After roughly seven(7) minutes, the first guy joined the group from the interview room. He smiled and said to the friends, It wasn't that hard, just some questions that were mind cracking. I didn't bother asking the specific questions asked in there so as to avoid spoiling it for the other guys. This is the reason as to why am writing this post to help others or give a rough idea of what goes on in an interview room. I have highlighted top questions that I have found common in most interviews for GIS jobs. Wha

Mara Mapping Party

Applications, Conferences, Events, General, Industry, News
The Mara Mapping Party was hosted by Upande LTD in Nairobi in collaboration with ITC in the Netherlands,  UNESCO-IHE and Wageningen University and Research. The event brought together mappers and GISers from different institutions within the three regions to discuss the usefulness of the the Geospatial technologies in different sectors. With a number of demo sessions of completed and ongoing projects on mapping, the professionals were able to discuss exhaustively on issues pertaining to this topic of interest. The interactive sessions between the three groups were also so much fun as great topics were discussed amongst the members. Some of the topics discussed include; Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water Initiative (MaMaSe) by Prof. Michael McClain  from UNESCO-IHE, Mara Rangeland