Your Free Printable Fieldwork Checklist [PDF]

Have you ever arrived in the field, only to find out that you’ve forgotten to carry something essential? While remembering to carry major gear like shoes is easy, sometimes we forget about the little things that make a tremendous difference—like a belt. You want to feel confident that you’ve carried everything you need. For this, I wrote a detailed fieldwork guide which includes some great … Continue reading Your Free Printable Fieldwork Checklist [PDF]

Fieldwork Checklist: Your Dependable Guide (Including Tips)

This is a part of the country that is hard to reach. Here is where the sun mercilessly beats down on you, and the tarmac melts your soles. Here is where thorny shrubs snag your shirts and pants, reducing them to tatters. In the evening, the sun transforms into a fiery ball, slowly sinking below the land. The oddity of here, so remote from the … Continue reading Fieldwork Checklist: Your Dependable Guide (Including Tips)

Earth Day 2021: What, Why, How

It failed to rain yesterday; I had hoped it would. It just drizzled, like the day before. The March-May long rains are late. Yesterday was International Earth Day. What Is International Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to show support for environmental protection.  U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day after witnessing a massive oil spill that leaked millions … Continue reading Earth Day 2021: What, Why, How

15 Geospatial Podcasts You Should Listen To Today

Everyone has to pause and take a break sometimes. For the hopeless obsessives among us, here’s an alternative: geospatial podcasts. Thanks to streaming services like iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify, it’s pretty easy for anyone to listen in and explore topics that run the gamut: remote sensing, geospatial news, cartography, GIS, smart communities and so many more. The only potential problem comes from having to sift … Continue reading 15 Geospatial Podcasts You Should Listen To Today

How Artificial Intelligence Is Helping to Identify Unmapped Schools

“Tom Orrow” This is how I read the word “tomorrow”, for a few weeks.  I was in primary school—nine years old, to be exact. I came across this ‘strange’ word whilst reading a story in an English textbook. The story was about Tom, Mary and a weaver bird, and I was convinced that “tomorrow” was a variation of Tom’s name.  The reason this has stuck … Continue reading How Artificial Intelligence Is Helping to Identify Unmapped Schools

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5 Reasons to Use Google Earth Engine—and a Look at Other Geospatial Tools

 Let’s begin with the backstory. Earlier in the year, the World Bank released open access, analysis-ready, nightlight data set. Since much research has suggested that night-time lights can—to a certain degree—represent several variables, including urbanisation, density, and economic growth, I was eager to see how the nightlights in Kenya had changed.  Manipulating the dataset requires some programming skills, and unfortunately, I am a novice programmer. … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Use Google Earth Engine—and a Look at Other Geospatial Tools

5 GIS Best Practices for Effective Local Government Management

Early this month Nairobi County Government announced its plans to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to enhance revenue collection and improve service delivery.  Clauses 104 to 115 of the County Government Act 2012 obligate every county to develop; County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), County Sectoral Plan, County Spatial Plan and City and Municipal plans. Further, Clause 105 (f) obligates counties to establish a GIS-based database … Continue reading 5 GIS Best Practices for Effective Local Government Management

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Effective Sanitation and Wastewater Management in Africa Using Spatial Data: 2 Examples

Of the two billion people lacking basic sanitation facilities globally, 300 million live in Africa. Only 7% are connected to sewers and only 1% of the waste is treated. Additionally, as of 2017, nearly 750 million people—representing 69% of Africa’s population—did not have access to basic sanitation services. Broadly, wastewater comprises used water discharged from homes, businesses, industries, and institutions. Sanitation entails the safe management … Continue reading Effective Sanitation and Wastewater Management in Africa Using Spatial Data: 2 Examples

Difference between codified & tacit types of knowledge

“we can know more than we can tell.”-Michael Polanyi The term tacit knowing or tacit knowledge is attributed to Michael Polanyi in 1958 in Personal Knowledge. In his later work The Tacit Dimension he made the assertion that “we can know more than we can tell.” He states not only that there is knowledge that cannot be adequately articulated by verbal means, but also that all knowledge is rooted in tacit knowledge. (“Tacit knowledge”, 2020) Knowledge … Continue reading Difference between codified & tacit types of knowledge

Dimensions (0D, 1D, 2D, 2.5D, 3D & 4D)

Geometry defines a dimension as the number of coordinates needed to specify a point on the object. (“The Differences Between 1D, 2D & 3D Pictures”, 2018) Dimensions (in geometry) is the number of values required to locate points in a shape. Zero Dimension (0D): A point has no dimensions. It has no length, width, or height. It has no size and tells about the location … Continue reading Dimensions (0D, 1D, 2D, 2.5D, 3D & 4D)

5 Webinars you may have missed this past week

I have been unable to attend most of the webinars I had registered for this past week. Since some of these have recordings, I thought I should share in case you missed any of them. Let us catch up on webinars! Enjoy! BVLOS in South Africa: Need to Know Looking to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in South Africa? We’ll be going over … Continue reading 5 Webinars you may have missed this past week