Creating spatial data infrastructure through collaboration

The Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) have convened a joint workshop in Pretoria in September 2018 around the theme “collaborative custodianship through collaborative cloud mapping”. The workshop looked at collaborative mapping and collaborative custodianship as ways to create and maintain national spatial data infrastructure (SDI). SDI is the fundamental […]

New national projection and cartesian coordinate system proposed

. South Africa is planning to change its national coordinate and projection system, which has profound consequences for surveying, mapping, engineering and high accuracy positioning applications, and for measurement more generally. The proposed changes are open for public comment until 30 November 2018. South Africa currently uses the Gauss Conform Projection (a special case of […]

Summit breaks barriers in aviation through collaboration

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa hosted its seventh annual AviAfrique Innovation Summit that once again created a platform for pan-African, organisation, and cross-industry stakeholder collaboration. Breaking barriers in the aviation industry through innovation was the aptly themed summit once more hosted at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International […]

Geo-referenced information exchange standard digitised

In September 1987, “A national standard for the exchange of digital geo-referenced information” by Derek G Clarke, Antony K Cooper, Elri C Liebenberg and M Hester van Rooyen was published by the CSIR as a Special Report, SWISK 45. It was also known as the National Exchange Standard (NES) and was version 1.0 of the […]

Satellite data places air pollution in focus

With air quality a serious environmental health problem, the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite is tasked with mapping air pollutants around the entire globe every day. This new mission has been providing data on carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone since July 2018, and now other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and formaldehyde have been added to […]

Takeaways from satellite interoperability workshop

During August more than 100 leaders from the geospatial industry, government, and NGOs gathered at the USGS to discuss one of the biggest questions facing the earth observation field: is the data from different satellites “interoperable,” or exchangeable, with one another? How much effort are we spending trying to make them appear interoperable? How much […]

Update on the appointment of base dataset coordinators

Three separate workshops on the appointment of Base Data Set Coordinators were organised by the Directorate: National Spatial Information Framework (NSIF) on behalf of the Data subcommittee of the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI). The workshops were held in Pretoria and the focus was on Base Data Set Coordinators for the following Data Themes: Administrative […]

New tool to assess resilience and fragility in African countries

The African Development Bank has created and refined a new tool to diagnose fragility in countries, considering their capacities and pressures they may be under. Called the Country Resilience and Fragility Assessment (CRFA), the tool offers a new method of assessing resilience and fragility using seven key criteria: political inclusiveness, safety and security, justice, the […]