DANIEL K. NANGHAKA: Geocoding of socio-economic data will give a great boost in the geospatial industry


Executive Director at ILICIT AFRICA
Daniel is an Information Technology graduate, trained as a Software Engineer, Certified Network Engineer and later Mobile Application Developer. He is also a Google Earth trainer and GIS trainer an Impact Business Leader (Ashesi Fellow) and Scholar. During he's own time you'll find him cycling or climbing a mountain, to relax his mind. Daniel is  currently the Executive Director ILICIT Africa, WASH Reporter,Pilot Program Coordinator-(Outreach and Engagement) at ICANN At Large (AFRALO).Full Profile on LinkedIn or Follow on Twitter @dnanghaka

Qn: Tell us a little bit about ILICIT Africa’s work, what are some of the activities to engage in, what are some of the projects you’ve done with geospatial technology?

ILICIT Africa stands for Integrating Livelihoods through Communication Information Technology for Africa. At ILICIT Africa we have diverse activities in different sectors aiming to empower communities, Individuals and Organizations. On the projects, we have done landslide assessment in Uganda, specifically in the Elgon region. This involved mapping risk areas and also leading to awareness in the communities. This projects is still ongoing, and now branded as Project Thread (A self-sustaining Wi-Fi mesh network node that enables early warning systems and personal safety alert system in remote areas)

Qn: At ILICIT AFRICA, what is the strategic position of utilization of geospatial technology now and in the future to achieve your mandates, especially consideration the technological transformations occurring with this industry?

The Geospatial wing of ILICIT Africa aims to empower organizations to incorporate Geo technologies in the day to day operations. ILICIT Africa has had partnerships with various organizations and companies and trained staff in organizations to adapt Geospatial tools to gather data especially using Mobile Data Collection tools like ODK. ILICIT Africa organization Geo-Workshop for ME staff to adapt mobile data collection tools and incorporate in it geo data. Further more training have been organized with Organizations especially Non profits in use of GIS Tools like QGIS, Open Street Map and Google Earth.

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Qn: How would you rate the uptake of Geospatial technology in the line of social work? What are the opportunities we are still to see being exploited in the future for social development?

There still exist a lot of data that is not yet geo-coded. The geo-coding of this data will give a great boost in the industry. The integration of different entities in the Geospatial industry will play a key role in revamping and improving the industry in a big way.