Nov 142012
GIS day

Celebrating GIS in Arusha

Open day on map making and GIS at the Conservation Resource Centre, 14 November

The Conservation Resource Centre (CRC) is a small (but helpful!) non-profit educational organisation based in Arusha that works with students and researchers in science and conservation.

If you’re interested in learning about using maps, using a GPS, or making your own maps, the CRC is hosting an informal ‘open day’ for World GIS Day on the 14th of November, which will be an opportunity for hands-on use of GPS units, a chance to talk to people who use GPS and computerised mapping professionally, and to learn about free and open-source applications for making your own maps.We will have a small computer lab set up with GIS applications, and a chance to use several models of GPS units.

Location: The Solomon’s Flat building, at the Anglican Cathedral Church (click for map).

Cost: Free! (but the CRC is dependent on donations and could always use the help).


  • 0900-1200: come anytime in the morning for an informal ‘hands-on’ with GPS, and to see demonstrations of mapping systems including Quantum GIS and Google Earth.
  • 1300-1430: Presentations by local organisations using GIS mapping, including businesses in Arusha and field conservation work.
  • 1500-1700: Lecture & computer lab – Introduction to QGIS – a free, easy-to-use mapping application. We’ll help install QGIS on your Windows, Mac or Linux laptop and you can take a set of free data for Tanzania to use with it.

Contact the Centre ( if you have any questions – karibuni wote!

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