Gauteng GIS community meets

May 13th, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT


The GISSA Gauteng meeting and GISSA National AGM was held on 14 March 2014 at the University of Pretoria.  Almost 150 delegates attended the event which featured a range of informative presentations. Speakers included Tom Westendorp from TomTom who spoke about real-time and historical traffic data, and the benefits for GIS and traffic. He provided an overview of TomTom’s traffic data, explaining how the data is collected, verified, analysed and used to enable efficient utilisation of road networks.


Kutlwano Mogatusi (Esri South Africa), James Aphane (IEC), Slindi Mhlongo (GISSA).

James Aphane from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) spoke on the role that GIS has played in South Africa’s elections over the last 20 years. He explained how GIS is used at the IEC to facilitate a democratic and efficient election process providing details on GIS’ role during voter registration, the updating of the voters roll, the determining of voting districts, and the management of voting stations. Etienne Louw from MapIT also gave an interesting presentation on MapCode, a new standard for representing locations which has been designed for public, everyday use. He explained that mapcodes are a short address for any location on earth and can be used for locations that do not have official addresses. He pointed out that mapcodes are more precise and flexible than an address, and are independent of map data.

GISSA Chairperson Adrian Roos ended the day with his State of the GISc Nation Address and a presentation on the GISSA Nationwide GISc Skills Survey. He explained that the purpose of the skills survey is to get a better understanding of the members of the South African geoinformation community. Roos provided some details on the results of the skills survey and explained that academics from the University of Pretoria intend releasing a detailed analysis of the survey results in the near future.

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