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The first formal GIS (geographic information system) Day took place in 1999 and is celebrated worldwide. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

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Registration of participants for the GIS day among them Prof. Sichanya (second from Left)

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Participants enter Bssc Rm 014 for the opening ceremony of the GIS Day
This year’s GIS Day was celebrated at Kenyatta University on 15th November, 2017 at the Business Students Services Center room 014 and was graced by various stakeholders like Geo-Maps, ICIPE, Esri (Environmental Sciences Research Institute) East Africa CIAT, Ramani, World Agroforestry Center, and students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Technical University of Kenya (TUK) University of Nairobi (UON) Taita Taveta University and participant from various Schools in Kenyatta University, who come to show case what they were able to do using GIS.
It was incredible to see what the participants had actually done using GIS. Frankly, GIS is a Magnet in transforming the Socio-Economic lifestyles of the community we live in and also in helping countries meet their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by using GIS maps to analyse their resources and make the right decisions based on the information found on the Maps.
GIS Day provides a platform for Gis Users to showcase their innovations and how to it apply the in real-world in order, to make difference in the society. The Day offers a good initiative for people who are interested in learning about Geography and the uses of GIS to come together and Celebrate, Discover and explore the benefits of GIS, showcase the uses of GIS, build and nurture your GIS community.

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God first a word of prayer offered by one of the students

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Prof. Onywere introduces the participants invited for the GIS day

 

The day opened well with a world of prayer from one of the students. Prof. Simon
Onwyere the Brain child of GIS KU Chapter took the opportunity to welcome the Guest and stressed the importance of the GIS to the current world and invited the participants for a group photo.

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A group photo of the participants of the 15th November 2017 GIS day
He also welcomed Prof. Sisanya (Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences), who read the vice Chancellors Speech and declared the Seminar officially opened. The vice-chancellor stressed the importance of GIS and thanked the organizers ESRI E. A. and Kenyatta University for the excellent work. He said that the first GIS day was marked at the Kenyatta University in 2014 and that 15 November 2017 was the second. He said the University has equipped the GIS labs and was in the process of establishing a Geospatial center at the University for conducting workshops and training. The University has also allowed the establishment of the GIS Club through Prof. Onywere and others to increase awareness of GIS to the Students. At the end of the speech declared the Seminar officially opened. the time come which the students were anxiously waiting for, the presentations from various participants. and the first was

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Prof. Sichanya (Representing the VC) reads the Vice Chancellors Speech.
ESRI East Africa
ESRI East Africa Esri's GIS mapping software is the most powerful mapping and spatial data analytics technology available at their offices. It also Unlock the full potential of your data and improve your understanding.Esri provides pioneer problem solving using geographic information obtained using Our GIS system. Esri is are the world's leading mapping technology and offer internship and Training to students, Individuals and also offer Certification. ArcGIS provides contextual tools for mapping and spatial data for reasoning so one can easily explore the data obtained and share its location based insights. it also creates deeper knowledge and understanding to allow one to quickly see where things are happening and connect that information for current and future use.
ESRI ArcGIS Desktop has a variety of products, which a student or anyone can use to insert a study location aspect to projects. It also gives you more insight into data, improves planning, and helps you work more efficiently. For more information visit their website and discover more interesting products at. https://www.esri.com/en-us/home
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Kenya in 1975.It was previously known as Regional Centre for Services in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (RCSSMRS).It is located at Roysambu, Kasarani.
The institute offers training in the areas below: (a) GIS and Mapping (b) Land Management and Information Technology.SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa has recently generated several new data products and services for a various purposes and geographic locations. These products and services are important to diverse users in RCMRD member states and beyond. SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development, provides state-of-the-art, satellite-based Earth monitoring data, geospatial information and tools to help improve environmental decision-making among developing nations in Eastern and Southern Africa, the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya region.

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Kenneth Kasera (from RCMRD) Space and Science
SERVIR is a collaborative venture among the NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program, USAID, and worldwide partner institutions. It provides data on food security water and disaster management, weather and climate, land cover and land use ecosystems. The presenter took us through a journey on how remote sensing evolved since 1975-1990, the use of GIS software and 1990-2010 the use of proliferation, the use of hot air balloons fitted with cameras to pigeon ,airplanes largely in 1941-1945 during the world war 11 to 1973 use of Landsat for commercial purpose to 1980 the use of Ariel photos and 2010 to- date the use of drones to take photos for mapping. For more information visit their website at www.rcmrd.org
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) by John Mutua
The Center works on agricultural biodiversity touching on diverse food groups and employs advanced biotechnology to come up with useful knowledge to accelerate crop improvement. CIAT also majors on crop improvement research, which depends on distinctive collections of genetic resources (65,000 crop samples in all) which it holds in trust for humanity. CIAT has been reflecting on farmers’ in several African countries like Uganda where they have been studying on heat and stress mapping. This is important for livestock rearing e.g Pigs and dairy farming, land degradation in Namibia and Tanzania focusing on Lands cover, organic cover, and Bush density in relation to various heat levels. They also deal with digital soil mapping done by collecting soil samples to look at the soil properties and help beans farmers look into the viability of planting them.
CIAT deals with Hydrological modelling, like the Nairobi Water in Kikuyu springs and help in funding investments in the upper Tana zone in Kenya. It also deals with climate by targeting interventions in precipitations, Temperature, Soil Organic Carbon, Soil PH levels like they did in Ghana to improve the smart Cocoa value then use the ArcGIS tool to produce a map to help the farmers. They offer attachment and internships to students wishing to further their career and do their projects. For more information about CIAT visit their web at ciat.cgiar.org/
URBAN PLANNING AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (simply Geo Intelligence) by
John karani
The presenter took the participant through how GIS is used to develop a digital map of a certain area, and then relate it with a set of identified market zones. This was interactive and portable to enable movement from point A to point B. It is very flexible because one can move from one web developer to another and enables Multi user sharing of database through the channeling of information to a certain server. This using several Apps likes the google map, ArcGIS web App, Map box, Open layer, leaflets Carto DB, documentation, Data layering and Point features.
It is then crunched to give all information is needed about a product into a map. They also deal with Riparian vegetation mapping, open, public parks, roads building regulation and development control. One can therefore develop a digital map of the study area and a set of market zones. He can easily predict a sale and distribution of a certain product based on the demographic, socio economic characteristics of the population.
Finally combining geospatial techniques with conventional marketing methods to enable your customers to visualize the spatial distribution of data in maps, complemented by various statistical graphs and diagrams. This will produce better presentation yields, better knowledge on how the distribution process will take place and how to serve customers better.
ICIPE
MAPPING INVASSIVE PLAT AND FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA by
Prof. Osman
Prosopis julifera is an invasive plant which was introduced in Somaliland in the late 70s by food and agricultural organization and in 1980s by several NGOs. The plant was used for stabilization of dune systems, habilitation of degraded land and for providing fuel food. Since then the plant has aggressively outcompeted native shrubs and other tree vegetation in central Mogadishu which was largely occupied by refugees. Its presence is being felt in almost all the villages in the country and across many landscapes. To manage the spread of this a correct mapping using remote sensing had to be done to show its impact. After this bulldozers were sent to clear plots in the peri- urban areas of the capital because it has affected plant, animal and human health.
GEOMAPS by
Zelipa Muchiri
GEOMAPS provide its clients with integrated solutions from airborne multi sensor data collection, to Topographical mapping and GIS solution development through to unique customer delivery methodologies. Information gathered is shared it with others in a way that benefits them and the society. They use state of the art airborne, field and office equipment thus ensuring that surveys of any kind can be completed on time and within budget. The equipment they have allows them to operate in one and two man modes for greater efficiency in collecting data using 2D and 3Dto bring maps to life and communicate.
In addition, they utilize the latest survey software like AED Sicad, Hexagon, Airbus Carison, Digital globe among others to help insure accurate and efficient data collection. Further, GEOMAPS has invested in modern hardware, software and ancillary equipment to produce land plans, digital maps, GIS resources, and other geo-information outputs accurately and cost effectively.
They offer support services , training, professional services internships and attachments to students wishing to gain more knowledge on GIS technology for more vist their web at www.geoafrica.com
GIS Mass Valuation by
By Geoffrey Ludiema

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Godfrey Ludiema, one of the invited guests during his presentation
This is a GIS based Land valuation System by the use of geo- manager for land valuation. Geographic information system (GIS) is “a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing, and displaying data related to positions on the Earth’s surface,”. The combination of layers of data later becomes useful information to the user. This transformation of real estate data into real estate information may provide the turning point to link modeling data with spatial analysis through GIS.
Most geographic information systems currently do not allow for any transfer (in a numeric format) between the GIS screen and the file data. In line with this, some GIS retailers have coded some analytical capacity into their systems. They use LMS, DMS, Spatial and Revenues. Some of the major projects activities they are engaged in includes the Geo-data management, valuation and Geo-manager development using Ariel maps, geospatial maps in field work,data capture process and field data quality control.
RAMANI
Ramani is a team of professionals working together to provide aerial survey, aerial LiDAR, land services , Underground Survey site preparations, ground control, flight missions, flight planning and data processing, Reporting and GIS mapping solutions through cutting edge technology in a healthy environment. They have been contracted by various Government ministries to do various visibility studies like the Lake Turkana wind power project which is ongoing, the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Telecommunication to provide information on the laying of fiber optic cables and Devolution and National Development. All these contracts give one a good glimpse of the importance of the GIS to the learners and those wishing to undertake the course
Ramani provide the user with world class spatial data solutions and products through its professional workflows and staff in line likes, great client relationship, dedicated expertise, years of industry experience, strong partner networks and a promise of quality delivery. They also offer internship and lots of other information to interested clients. For more information visit their website at ww.ramani.co.ke
WORLD AGROFORESTRY CENTRE by
DANIEL JAMES
Before the World Agroforestry Centre, (ICRAF) was launched in 1978. The ministry for Agriculture gave Kenya's perspective on agroforestry watershed protection, biodiversity conservation, and carbon concentration. Trees on agricultural lands also known as agroforestry systems have great potential to contribute to climate change mitigation thereby improving livelihoods and incomes of the people provide invaluable ecosystem amenities at the same time. The country office plays a facilitatory, oversight and linkage roles for ICRAF science spheres and partners.
As facilitators they provide project developers with necessary data and information (on partners, policy, geography etc) for project development and participate in project development processes. In the oversight role, they seek to align ICRAF programmes investment with country agroforestry plan in order to inform policy makers and investment to minimize reputation risk for the center. The linkage role is a service for national partners to facilitate better interaction with ICRAF.
They seek to reduce the carbon iv emissions using VHR images and provide the necessary data to policy makers by using the GLC database to isolate Agricultural land and 1 KM resolution. They offer policy advisory on Climate change mitigation projects Landscape restoration, Agroforestry (baseline and MSE) and financial modelling (ROI on restoration). for more information visit them at http://www.worldagroforestry.org/

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One of the participants asks a question to one of the presenters
Student’s presentations

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Sample of GIS Photos showing what the students have been able to do with Gis knowledge
The day could not have ended any better than the student’s demonstration of what they were able to do with the knowledge gained through the GIS training and for sure it was quite encouraging to see what the students have been able to do with the GIS knowledge. to start with Lilian took us through Exploring tourist sites in Africa and believe me it very interesting to see the most beautiful tourist sites being brought in front of us through the GIS technology. David took us through a GIS tour of Kenyatta University major Landmarks and it was fun to see how he had managed to localize the GIS information. Another student took the participants on a tourist journey of traffic jam on the Kenyan roads and proved to us how useful this information can be to save on time and also on money lost through traffic jams. Finally another student had drawn a GIS map on Ruiru Sub County, showing various land uses and how developers have encroached on Agricultural land to build settlements. This he said was a worrying trend and the map can be used by the Sub County to stop this encroachment. The GIS day ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Onywere who appreciated participants, facilitators and the University management for making the day a success

Acknowledgement
Kenyatta University (Arch GIS Patron Prof. Onywere)
Kenyatta University GIS club members

Dean school of environmental Studies
Administrative Assistant
organizations i.e esri, icraf, rcmrd and oakar icepe, cia, world agroforestry centre, gis mass valuation,Ramani

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2019 13:56

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