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

Kate Lance klance_remote at yahoo.com
Fri May 2 18:31:51 EDT 2008

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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 May 2008issue includes (among many other items):
- Système de Gestion Intégré de l'Information Agricole et Rurale (SGIIAR) - Algeria
- Centre National de Télédétection de Tunisie GISweb 
- Nigeria NGDI Committee Meeting and RFP for NGDI portal
- Kenya police command and control system, GIS-enabled 
- First corridor sensor web (South Africa) proves viability of advanced spatial data infrastructure 
- South African consultation on requirements for future satellite sensor portfolio
- SADC Geology Map 
- Editorial board makes progress on content of Soil Atlas of Africa
- Abstracts online for International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP) 2008 Congress, 5-9 May 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
- 3rd ESRI Eastern Africa User Conference – Call for papers, 23-24 October 2008, Nairobi, Kenya
- 7th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), 27-31 October 2008, Accra, Ghana
- 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference (incorporating GISSA 2008), 29 September – 3 October, Cape Town, South Africa
- Les XIèmes Journées Scientifiques du Réseau Télédétection, du 3 au 7 novembre 2008, a Antananarivo, Madagascar
- GDEST Africa - Geospatial Sciences for Sustainable Development
- Handbook on Geographic Databases and Census Mapping (draft version)
- Enjoy (temporary) free online access to Geoinformatica  
- OneGeology Cookbook v.1.0
- GIS Visual Catalogue & Repository, Kruger National Park GIS/RS Lab
- GIS data for Kenya (from Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being) available on the web
- BIOTA East Africa - GIS geodata service
- FEWS NET maps, data and imagery
- Data from the Sharing Water Project: Towards a Transboundary Consensus on the Management of the Okavango River Basin
- Newly acquired Landsat 7 scenes over Africa are now available at no charge
- Remote sensing applications to groundwater 
- Mapping the election conditions in Zimbabwe 
- Spatial distribution of childhood mortality in South Africa
- Using GIS to model and forecast HIV/AIDS rates in Africa, 1986-2010 
- City of Johannesburg Regional Spatial Development Framework 2008-2009
- Aligning conservation priorities across taxa in Madagascar with high-resolution planning tools
- 7th Southern Africa Fire Network (SAFNet) Workshop, 22-26 September 2008, Caprivi, Namibia
- Geographic Information Systems in Transportation (GIS-T) course, 19-20 May 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
- Course on Basic Principles of Earth Observation, 21 July - 1 August 2008, RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya
- Course on Land Management Information System (LMIS), 4-15 August 2008, RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya
- Les formations 2008 du Centre Régional AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger
- RECTAS Postgraduate Diploma (English and French) and ITC-RECTAS joint MSc in Geoinformatics (English only), both starting 1 September 2008, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
- International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Foundation 2008 Grants (deadline 15 May 2008)
- Establishment of Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Research to Train Future Leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa (deadline 30 May 2008)
- Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation: Strengthening research capacity in developing countries (deadline 30 May 2008)
- Mobilising Regional Capacity Initiatives (MRCI): Revitalizing Higher Education in Africa (deadline 30 May 2008)
- Agriculture and Health Research Platform (AHRP): Call for concept notes (deadline 11 May 2008)
- Professor/Associate Professor - Civil Engineering (Geodesy, Geomatics), Gaborone, Botswana
- Francophone Lecturer in Digital Photogrammetry (x2), Translator (x1), & Librarian (x1), Ile-Ife, Nigeria
- Assistant Professor - Geo-information and Organizations, Enschede, The Netherlands
- International institutions join forces on Africa Agricultural Water Initiative
- Citizen scientists an untapped resource
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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