Archive for December, 2017

Monitoring agricultural production in Africa

Following the successful demonstration of the CropWatch crop monitoring system for South Africa, which was developed by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space UK, the agency has joined forces with 16 other participating institutions in Africa and Europe to implement a new project under the European Union […]

Collaborative mapping project recognised for digital sustainability

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community has received an award at the DINACon 2017 Conference for Digital Sustainability. The awards recognised digitalisation projects in Switzerland which generate sustainable benefits for society through digital sustainability. Digital sustainability describes how digital knowledge assets (data, content, software) must be created and made accessible to create the greatest possible benefit for […]

New Zealand calls for South African construction help over record build

New Zealand is calling for expert help from South Africa to fill a construction skills and talent shortages in one of the largest infrastructure and housing projects in the Pacific nation’s history. The country’s government is introducing a special “KiwiBuild” fast track visa system to facilitate the search for construction talent, spearheaded by an international […]

South African ecologists win UN data science award

Scientists at the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) have won an award at the United Nations Data for Climate Action Challenge contest for a prototype near-real time monitoring tool that reports on the state and changes in vegetation based on satellite observations. The contest tasked contestants with developing research papers or data visualisations that […]