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Apr 10, 2015



JULY 2009

VOL 13


Price: INR 150 / US$ 15

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RNI 68561/18/6/98

ISSN 0971-9377


The Global Geospatial Magazine










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Whats inside'Uptake of spatial tech is slow but promising'I expect rapid changes because mapping is one discipline that is being transformed by technology very fast- Dr Hussein O. FarahDirector General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Kenya


35Regular Features07 Editorial I 08 News I 58 Events

Volumes have been written on Africa home of Homo Sapiens, the land of a billion people. Though colonial legacies have put Africa on backburner for centuries, the continent is galloping to development today adopting latest geospatial technologies. Regional imbalances not withstanding, the clarion call Africa Unite - is threading countries geospatially together.

52 First Person

Articles 18Of road blocks and building blocksUptake of GI in Africa requires concerted efforts to provide enabling environment to ensure that geospatial info permeates every aspect of society

Dr Olajide Kufoniyi


Mapping Africa for AfricaLack of political will, financial capability and skilled manpower - African nations are battling out all odds to unite geodetically...

Dr Derek Clarke


Together as oneThe Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an inter-governmental organisation established under the auspices of UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) and the African Union... ESRI W

Dr Derek ClarkeChief Director: Surveys and Mapping Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, South Africa


Training to combatIn 2003, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was launched to combat global HIV/AIDS - the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history

Dorina Maris

July 2009



ADVISORY BOARDDato Dr. Abdul Kadir bin TaibDeputy Director General of Survey and Mapping, Malaysia

Bhupinder SinghSr. Vice President Bentley Systems Inc.

President ISPRS

Prof. Josef StroblDirector, Centre for Geoinformatics University of Salzburg, Austria

26Aida Opoku-MensahDirector - ICTs and S&T Division (ISTD) UN Economic Commission for Africa

Kamal K SinghChairman and CEO Rolta Group of Companies

42Ebener Steeve

Collaborate to reach outHIV/AIDS is unfortunately a major public health concern in many countries in Africa. Making sure that people in need of HIV/AIDS care get access to treatment in an equitable way requires taking several parameters into account, making planning decisions sometimes difficult.

Mark ReichardtPresident and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium

Matthew OConnellCEO, GeoEye SDKFDS


SA - On a growth path with GISSouth Africa has always been more progressive than other African countries in terms of use of ICT. In 1980s, South Africa was characterised by a general lack of awareness in national and provincial governmental departments regarding what spatial data was available as well as what capabilities GIS offered in practice.

Dr. Prithvish NagDirector NATMO, India

Anamika DasRI Writer, USA

Prof. V. S RamamurthyChairman IIT, Delhi, India


Surveyor General Speak

KCM KumarChairman & Managing Director Speck Systems Limited

One for the roadWhile one is struggling with manual techniques of surveying, the other uses a vast array of latest technologies. While one fights the lack of political will and financial capability, his neighbour is totally motivated. While one is opening eyes to the idea of SDI, the other is far ahead in the race. Yet, they are all together - discussing the issues, building bridges, sharing experiences and expertise. Bhanu Rekha spoke to the Surveyor Generals of African nations to know the status of geoinformation, challenges and opportunities in their respective countries.

Brian NichollsGeneral Manager AAMHatch

Shailesh NayakSecretary Ministry of Earth Sciences, IndiaDISCLAIMERGIS Development does not necessarily subscribe to the views expressed in the publication. All views expressed in this issue are those of the contributors. It is not responsible for any loss to anyone due to the information provided.

Prof William CartwrightPresident International Cartographic Association

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July 2009


Prof. Ian Dowman

A key challenge for the geoinformation community in Africa is the need for closer linkage between the geoinformation products and societal benefits

EditorSpeakA fertile ground for geospatial applicationsfrica always excites imagination. Rolling veld, equatorial forests, deserts, massive waterfalls; it presents nature in all its wild beauty. It also has problems of drought and erosion of natural wealth, of human conflict, of human competition with animals for habitat, or reckless exploitation of natural resources. It is thus an immediate candidate for meticulous inventory and informed management of the fragile environment. In short, Africa is very fertile ground for geospatial technology applications. In this issue, we showcase Africa and its tryst with geospatial technology and applications in various spheres. Mapping is the starting point Prof. Arup Dasgupta Managing Editor (Honorary) and some of the key efforts like the Committee [email protected] on Development Information, CODI which has now become CODIST, or the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology under the UN Economic Commission for Africa are covered. The main problem is of continent wide standardisation and a beginning has been made with the African Geodetic Reference framework, AFREF. The issues, as always, are more political and financial than technical. Different security regimes in different countries hinder exchange of data and information. Access to data varies from nation to nation. In this milieu, it is heartening to note the efforts being put in by various agencies and champions of change. We carry interviews from some of these leaders. The world is interested in Africa. Europe has started an Africa Initiative. USAID among other efforts is looking at the spatial dimensions of the HIV-AIDS problem. Bodies like the World Health Organisation, WHO, Global Spatial Data Infrastructure, GSDI and International Cartographic Association, ICA are also playing their part by providing platforms where global knowledge and expertise can be shared and brought to bear on many of the problems. On its part, GIS Development made a very modest beginning three years ago with the first Map Africa held in Johannesburg in 2006. Two more events followed, this time in Cape Town and in 2009 we return to Johannesburg for the 2009 event. This issue is an attempt to put the African geospatial scenario in perspective. We hope that the articles and interviews will set the ball rolling leading to meaningful discussions during Map Africa 2009.


A fertile ground for geospatial applications

Jaly 2009





dures and priorities can be adapted to guide and simplify spatial data sharing among all the users.

CSIR installs new X-band antennaAn investment of R 22 million by the CSIR in a state-of-theart X-band antenna has bolstered the capacity of its Satellite Applications Centre to track more earth observation satellites and increase its archive of earth observation data. The capabilities of the X-band antenna will boost the CSIRs data democracy project as well as go

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