Jun 182012

The Tanzania GIS User group mailing list has been a rather quiet place the last year or so. Much of this is due to the fact that many GIS practitioners find answers to their questions in forums and mailing lists elsewhere. After some discussion and a lot of thought, time has come to make some changes for TZGISUG. Without being totally revolutionary, we hope that you will all follow us on this journey towards more structure and more communication in our community.

We are now offering an addition to the mailing list on the TZGISUG website a set of forums with the themes “Announcements”, “FAQ” and “General”. The mailing list will not be discontinued, but we encourage people to use the forum on the TZGISUG website for announcements and comments to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Our rationale is to focus our community somewhat. Basically we see the need to build a centralized knowledge base – strengthening the web site as a communication platform is one way forward. We also need to start thinking about how we can refine a meta-database on spatial data as well – while there isn’t much call for hosting data ourselves, maintaining a directory of ‘how-to-find spatial data’ IS probably worthwhile, and the forums will allow discussion about the various merits of the datasets.

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May 152012

As of the 15th of April the TZGISUG website was transferred from a server placed in my attic. It had been running there for almost four years. The server also hosted the TZCRC website. The setup gave easy access to hardware changes and upfates.

Moving the server to the “cloud” was an easy choice. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) basically let you set up a virtual computer which is set up according to the requirements for your applications. Running a couple of websites consumes few resources and I have therefore opted in for the smallest virtual machine available.

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May 132012

Ragnvald Larsen has written an article on his blog about development cooperation GIS. In his article he says:

Looking at the term development cooperation GIS I will point to related work on a policy level and exemplify the development cooperation GIS by highlighting current projects where it could find its use and more. I will also briefly present parts of my own work and discuss challenges in development cooperation GIS. (twitter: #devcogis)

Read on here: www.mindland.com

Jan 302012

is happening this week in Dar:

The Google team is thrilled to announce our first g|Tanzania, happening February 2-3 in Dar es Salaam. We’re looking forward to engaging with this community of developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs who are as passionate about technology as we are! 

They’ll be holding a MapUp after the main event:

A Google MapUp is an event in which a group of people get together to map their world… often a specific area such as a town or city. Avid cartographers (like you!) use Google Map Maker to add and edit roads, streams, schools, and more. Following a review for accuracy, new additions and edits are incorporated in Google Maps for millions of people around the world to see and use!

Here’s the link/invite to the MapUp, to be held at COSTECH on the 4th of Feb.


Sep 052011
The SuperMap company appoints the Kenyan JapakGIS as distributor. Read more about JapakGIS and Supermap in this article. Supermap provides the following products:

  • Service GIS – Development Platform for Customizing Web GIS Applications
  • Component GIS – Platform for Customizing Desktop GIS Applications
  • Desktop GIS – Professional and Ready-to-Use? GIS Clients
  • Mobile GIS – GIS secially Designed for Mobile Devices

SuperMap Software announced that JapakGIS Limited in Kenya is appointed as the authorized exclusive distributor of SuperMap GIS products for Kenya and Ethiopia, and the non-exclusive distributor for Uganda and Tanzania.

Headquartered in NAIROBI, KENYA, JapakGIS is a GIS software development and services company that provides platform software, customized software and solutions to all market segments. JapakGIS has been involved in various GIS projects in the Government, NGO, community development projects and environmental organizations. JapakGIS has a very qualified staff in sales support, projects management and application development. The mission of JapakGIS is to help customers get the most from their investment in GIS. JapakGIS’s deep understanding of geospatial technologies and proven business skills will help them achieve their vision by turning ordinary spatial data/datasets with a geographic component into actionable intelligence. GIS is becoming a very integral part of our lives, careers and our different professions. East Africa is appreciating the power of a geographic information system (GIS) to organize, visualize, and analyze data.

Source: http://www.geoinformatics.com/blog/latest-news/supermap-appoints-japak-gis-as-distributor
Internet: www.japakgis.com

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