Geospatial Information Systems have become a must have for organizations, institutions and individuals in the different industries around the globe. This is evident and also fact that in the modern day working environments, every organization or individual wants to be the best.Depending on the tools used in your organizations, there exist workflow that acts as your charm(Software). What works in one field might not necessarily work in the other, if you understand the dynamics of work execution procedures. Either using a software directly or customizing existing platforms to suite your organization, all these are efforts to make your work more efficient and effective at the end of the day. So is GIS your good friend today.
Well, I should start by posing a question to you, Is GIS a tool or a science?. I presume by now, you’ve already started cracking your mind to argue it out.Alright! Cool. According to the heated discussion here, there is a difference between the two sides but there is always a gap for personal thoughts.From the discussion you get to know a lot in terms of the science and tool perspectives but I will leave it for personal research.
As I use, study and research about this awesome technology, GIS, I wonder, What’s the status of GIS in our world today?Perhaps we have different points to make based on this but what we can all agree is that, GIS has really seen the light of the day and is really growing fast and at an alarming rate. In this article I handle GIS in general irrespective of whether you ruled it out as a tool or a science. With GIS, the world has become a better place and still continues to advance to the interiors of unimaginable places.Think about GIS and sort out the few points that bothered you before using GIS and reflect on the success achieved after using GIS.
Taking a look at the numbers of GIS users today, there is great increase and this number continues to grow. First, the Universities and Colleges offering courses on GIS have mushroomed leading to higher numbers of graduates in the industry today. In the last five years, in Kenya, estimated number of 3000 graduates from GIS related courses have been received in the industry. The level of expertise might differ from person to person but at least one can execute a basic GIS project in their capacities at work.
However, I tend to think that the colleges and universities for example in Kenya have a long way to go in terms of technology transfer to students in different areas, not only GIS. Practical sessions tend to be somehow “ignored” or “overlooked” in these colleges and universities. Of course, you can’t be an expert by studying a course but rather the industry makes you an expert. But, this doesn’t mean to only attend theory classes and wait until you meet the industry for practical sessions.Systems in place should focus more on practicals and have a set team to oversee this. By practicals, I mean, GIS labs to be readily available to students as per scheduled, availability of equipment such as survey equipment (The equipment to student ratios should be imaginable to ensure each group member has a chance to utilize the facility). In doing this, students are able to have both theory and practical perspectives before embarking on a project. This will ensure world class graduates in the field of GIS, Remote Sensing and Survey (Case scenario:Kenya)
Secondly, GIS related companies have also increased in number over the last few years leading to increased number of GIS projects being carried out in the region.This also provides for adequate attachment, Internships and jobs for the graduates from our universities and colleges in the country.
On a global scale, the use of GIS has really grown and we as participants in this field, should ensure that we are up to date and well equipped with skills to help propel our industries to greater levels in terms of tasks execution.
The spread and use of this really awesome technology is helping industries, companies, governments and individuals better manage resources for business, livelihood, security and other sectors.
Embarking on GIS for government projects, county projects or even sub-county projects will have, not very guaranteed, benefits in terms of management and task execution to achieve the desired results.
As I conclude, this was a start of many series on the same. If you have different views, thoughts or even a comment, drop it on the comment section below and engage in a discussion.
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