Gallery: GISSA AGM, 26 March 2019

The Geo-Information Society of South Africa (GISSA) held is annual general meeting in the City of Ekurhuleni on 26 March 2019.  

Satellite imagery shows Cyclone Idai flood waters receding

It is thought that well over a million people have been affected by what is probably the worst storm on record to hit the southern hemisphere. Making landfall on 15 March 2019, Cyclone Idai affected Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying buildings and roads and inundating entire towns, villages and swathes of farmland. The human death […]

Digital transformation of Africa: hype or reality?

The 2019 Annual Adebayo Adedeji Lecture on the theme “Digital Transformation of Africa: Hype or Reality” was delivered by Dr. Omobola Johnson, former minister of communication technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria and board member of the Web Foundation. The objective of the lecture was to raise issues that will help policymakers to disentangle the hype […]

Greenhouse gas data becomes available online

The World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases (WDCGG) of the World Meteorological Organisation has been operated since 1990 by the Japan Meteorological Agency. As the only world data centre specialising in greenhouse gases, it serves to collect, archive and distribute data on such gases (e.g. CO2, CH4, CFCs and N2O) and other related gases (such […]

Obituary: Chris Strydom

Chris Strydom as a person was differentiated by his loyalty and his frankness of speech, although never judgemental. He was a proud man and often spoke fondly of his family. He was also a keen and strong sportsman, abilities he displayed several times during recreational activities during visits to various De Beers mines for chief […]

Latest standards news – February and March 2019

Tile standard for streaming 3D content The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the 3D Tiles Specification 1.0 for adoption as an OGC Community Standard. The specification is designed for streaming heterogenous 3D geospatial content to clients for visualisation. Expanding beyond traditional 2D and 2.5D streaming of maps and terrain, 3D Tiles supports 3D models […]

The EU Copyright Directive could threaten OpenStreetMap

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament will vote for a third time on the new EU Copyright Directive. Article 13 of the new directive will de-facto force content platforms to filter uploaded contributions by their users. If a platform does not prevent uploading of copyright-protected content in accordance with “high industry standards of professional […]

South Africa’s new estuary information system

The new South African Estuary Information System (SAEIS) and Database (SAED) can now be accessed at http://saeis.saeon.ac.za. The SAEIS website currently accommodates information on 275 estuaries, as well as 2270 literary works and 3006 images. The new site follows a re-write to overcome problems that made the old website dysfunctional and unusable for many years. […]

Global RPAS specific operation risk assessment guidelines revised

The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) has updated its guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) for RPAS, which it published online at http://jarus-rpas.org/publications. JARUS Working Group 6 (Safety and Risk Management) along with Working Group 4 (Detect and Avoid) have been collaborating to consolidate the guidelines, taking into account the internal […]

3D cadastres best practices published

The latest publication in the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Publication series is Best Practice 3D Cadastre which is edited by Peter van Oosterom. At the end of the two most recent four-year terms (2010-2014 and 2014-2018) of the joint commission 3 “Spatial Information Management” and commission 7 “Cadastre and Land Management,” the FIG Working […]