Articles: PositionIT

SA to drive the global earth observation agenda

South Africa became lead co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in November 2018 at GEO Week. The function of the lead co-chair is to preside over the GEO plenary and executive committee, as well as to set priorities for the year and work closely with the GEO secretariat to advance the group’s mission. […]

SA population statistics updated to 2018 values

Planners and decision makers need current population statistics to understand the size and distribution of demand for services and products. AfricaScope South Africa has updated the population statistics data from the last national census in 2011 to the 2018 values at an enumeration area level for South Africa. Demographic data such as gender, age and […]

Dual solution for efficient crop analysis

The SenseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX is a new dual solution for crop analysis. The RedEdge-MX is a rugged professional multispectral sensor. Capturing red, green, blue, near-infrared, and red-edge spectral bands, data from this sensor can be used to generate true colour composites, basic crop health indexes, and advanced analytical tools like flower identification […]

South African software developer turns 30

This year Model Maker Systems is celebrating its 30th year in business. The company was founded in August 1989 by Carel Viljoen and Ben van den Heever, who worked independently on similar software solutions since 1984 without knowing about one another’s work. Late in 1985 they started working together to provide a bureau service to […]

Review finds reviving dying land is doable by 2030

Reviving damaged lands and the livelihoods of people affected by desertification, land degradation and drought is possible by 2030 according to participants of the intergovernmental committee that reviews the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Participants at the 17th Committee to Review the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC17) said that the […]

Collaboration offers applicants cloud services for earth observation

The new collaboration between the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers GEO member agencies and research organisations from developing countries access to cloud services to help with the hosting, processing and analysis of big data about the earth to inform decisions for sustainable development. Eligible government agencies and research institutions […]

Collaborative opportunities for high-res land cover products discussed

The First United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress was held in Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China from 19 to 21 November 2018. The Congress was organised by the United Nations through Statistics Division as the UN-GGIM Secretariat (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management), in collaboration with the Government of China through the […]

Update on open science platform for Africa

The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) is a pan-African endeavour which aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data intensive science by creating opportunities through the development of efficiencies of scale, the creation of critical mass through shared capacities, and amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice. The AOSP was […]

Gallery: IMSSA President’s Cup 2019

The IMSSA President’s Cup 2019 took place on 15 March 2019 at the Krugersdorp Golf Club. It was attended by 150 members and 18 sponsors.

VR helps clients better understand design proposals

The application of virtual reality (VR) in architecture stands to become an invaluable resource as the technology evolves to the point where multiple people can partake in the same VR session, either in the design process itself, or when used to present a building design. This has resulted in architecture and interior architecture group Paragon […]