Posts tagged as 2019

Latest update of the national land cover launched

The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) Spatial Information Management directorate has launched the 2018 National Land Cover (NLC) for South Africa at an event for stakeholders in Pretoria on 1 October 2019. The national land cover is one of the country’s base datasets outlined in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Act of 2003, and plays […]

Mini conference showcases leading student research

The University of Pretoria’s Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology recently held its annual mini-conference to showcase the work of its Masters and PhD students. Prof. Gertrud Schaab, a visiting lecturer from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany, opened the presentations by showing her final year students’ projects. She tasked her students to come up […]

ICT skills survey shows SA’s 4IR gaps and opportunities

Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in partnership with the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), have released their findings of a survey of skills trends in the South African ICT sector. This is the tenth edition of the JCSE’s Skills Survey. The survey sketches a mixed future for the ICT […]

Geo-content management workshop forms part of World Commons Week

On 11 October 2019, the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology from the University of Pretoria participated in the World Commons Week (6 to 12 October 2019) by hosting a local workshop about the content management system – GeoNode. GeoNode is a web-based application and platform for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) and for deploying […]

Finalists of multi-data challenge announced

Airbus has unveiled the names of the three finalists for the “Airbus – Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge” organised as part of the Copernicus Masters 2019. This international competition awards pioneering solutions, concepts and ideas for industry and society based on earth observation data. Annually, different prize categories reward innovative candidates, in the fields of deep learning, […]

Growth in South Africa’s expenditure on R&D

Spending on research and development (R&D) in South Africa continues to increase, although at a slower rate than before. This is the key finding of the 2017/18 National Research and Experimental Development Survey, which was published in October 2019. South Africa’s gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) amounted to R38,725-billion at current rand values […]

Compact GPS receiver adds further compatibility

Juniper Systems has released the Geode GNS2 sub-meter GPS receiver, which now features connectivity with a range of iPhone and iPad devices to provide users with an even more versatile and powerful tool. This is made possible by the Geode’s new MFi (“Made For iPhone, iPad”) certification. The receiver retains all the features and connectivity […]

User conference explores benefits of integrated geospatial applications

Esri South Africa’s User Conference from 22 to 25 October this year celebrated the company’s 30th anniversary of doing business in southern Africa, and under the theme “See what other’s cant”, focused on extracting insights from geospatial data. Echoing Esri’s vision of the geographic information system, the company’s Jim Higgins described the GIS as a […]

Automation sets in as geomatics solutions mature

Incremental changes in geomatics solutions on display at InterGEO 2019, the world’s largest geo-industry fair, show a market reaching maturity. Like other digital industries, it is now ripe for automation which brings opportunities to deliver better quality information at greater speed. Industry experts who are ready to embrace it stand to reap automation’s benefits, while […]

Earth observation challenge seeks mining solutions

The South African Earth Observation (SAEO) Open Innovation Challenge is now open for entries. This year’s challenge is geared towards finding ideas that assist in advancing the societal and commercial competitiveness of the South African mining industry, while considering the improvement of its environmental impact. This challenge is hosted by satellite data provider DigitalGlobe, the […]