[OSGeo Africa] African GIS & remote sensing news - July 2007 SDI-Africa newsletter

Kate Lance klance_remote at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 1 01:13:16 EDT 2007

Spatial Data Infrastructure — Africa (SDI-Africa) is a free, electronic newsletter for people interested in GIS, remote sensing, and data management issues in Africa. It has been published monthly since May 2002 and has wide circulation across Africa. Each issue highlights recent activities, provides details about available data and tools, and includes notices about upcoming training, employment and funding opportunities, and events. The aim is to strengthen national SDI initiatives and support synchronization of regional geospatial activities. Past and current SDI-Africa newsletters are accessible at the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association website at http://www.gsdi.org/newsletters.asp. Regional newsletters for Latin America/Caribbean and Asia/Pacific regions also are available. Please pass on this information to others who may be interested, and if you would like, sign up for the GSDI Association News List at http://www.gsdi.org/newslist/gsdisubscribe.asp.
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The July 2007 issue includes (among many other items):
- Kenya NSDI standards seminar and documents
- South Africa’s earth observation satellite launch postponed
- Nigeria: 90 percent of Nigerian geo-physical survey completed with surprises 
- Lidar aerial survey completed for multi million dollar SAO Tome development project
- GEO-AQUIFER: using satellite imagery to manage transboundary groundwater resources
- ESRI expands its international distributor network with the opening of ESRI Eastern Africa  
 - Application of remote sensing for the integrated management of ecosystems and water resources 
- Africa validates a proposal for a Charter on Statistics 
- Google sets up base in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Society for Conservation GIS-Kenya Conference – Geospatial Technology for Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Nairobi, Kenya, July 18-20, 2007
- Expert Group Meeting of Land Registrars in Africa - Call for Nominations and Participants. Deadline: 15 July 2007.
- Call for papers: 10th International Conference for Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI-10), St. Augustine, Trinidad, February 25-29, 2008, http://gsdi.org/gsdi10/). Deadline: 15 September 2007.
- ArcGIS Explorer - offers free globes and GIS tasks to the public
- Integrated Land and Water Information System (ILWIS) RS/GIS software now available free of cost
- Soil Atlas of Africa in development 
- Nature's Benefits in Kenya: An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being 
- Global landslide risk map
- African Geographical Review – Call for papers
- Postgraduate certificate course - Applications of Earth Observation and GIS in Integrated Water Resources Management. Deadline: 1 October 2007.
- Land Information Management Systems Training Course, 1-12 October 2007, Nairobi, Kenya
- Travel Grants to attend AfricaGIS (and ISPRS activities). Deadline: 20 July 2007. 
- Southern African Regional Co-operation Fund for Scientific Research and Technology Development. Deadline: 27 July 2007. 
- Budgets of East African governments reveal move to cut donor reliance 
Kate Lance, SDI-Africa Newsletter Editor

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