[OSGeo Africa] SDI-Africa - GIS & remote sensing news in Africa - June 2008

Kate Lance klance_remote at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 2 06:46:13 EDT 2008

* apologies for cross-posting *  (but please do pass onto other relevant lists) 
Spatial Data Infrastructure — Africa (SDI-Africa) is a free, electronic newsletter for people interested in GIS, remote sensing, and data management issues in Africa. 
The June 2008issue includes (among many other items):
- Cameroon chapter of Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) launched
- Preparation of State of Nigerian Cities Report 2007/2008
- Migration dynamics in West Africa - two-year program funded by European Commission
- North African Drought Alert System (Système Maghrébin d’Alerte à la Sécheresse (SMAS)
- South Africa National Space Agency Bill: Briefing  
- AfricaArray - A public-private partnership supporting geophysics training and research in Africa
- Release of Global Map Africa
- Latest African Geodetic Reference Frame (AFREF) Newsletter
- Africa, Atlas of Our Changing Environment - Launch on 10 June 2008 
- 22nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 22), 28-29 August 2008, Nairobi, Kenya
- 5th EGU Alexander von Humboldt International Conference: Climate Changes and African Earth Systems – past, present and future, January 12-16, 2009, Cape Town, South Africa 
- Guide for establishing a National Oceanographic Data Centre: 2nd revised version  
- Beta release of Climate Mapper for SERVIR Viz
- Interactive global map of freshwater biodiversity
- TerraLook Version 1.1 
- Release of AccessMod version 3.0
- Mangrove forest distributions and dynamics in Madagascar (1975–2005)
- A study of climate change and anthropogenic impacts in West Africa
- Modelling susceptibility of coral reefs to environmental stress using remote sensing data and GIS models
- Long-term adaptation: selecting farm types across agro-ecological zones in Africa
- Biodiversity Information Management Forum, 10-11 June 2008, Pretoria, South Africa
- FOSS4G Workshops and Labs, September 29 - October 3, 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
- Open Mapping Africa 2008: a series of workshops in Fall 2008
- CREATING - Training and research opportunities in socio-economic sciences (deadline 15 June)
- Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation: Strengthening research capacity in developing countries (deadline 31 July)
- African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellowships (deadline 18 July)
- Nile Basin M.S. scholarship in areas relevant for water resources decision support system (deadline 15 June)
- South-South Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction (deadline 30 June)
- Vulnerability to Hunger: Improving Food Crisis Responses in Fragile States (May 2008)
- Global Monitoring Report 2008: MDGs and the Environment - Agenda for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
SDI-Africa 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

There is also an SDI-Africa Email Discussion List, http://lists.gsdi.org/mailman/listinfo/sdi-africa , with intermittent news and announcements of opportunities (this email discussion list is separate from the SDI-Africa Newsletter list). The archives are accessible at: http://lists.gsdi.org/pipermail/sdi-africa/ , and you can sign up to send and receive messages.

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