Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide

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Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide

Suchith Anand

Dear colleagues,



In July 2019,  colleagues at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)  organised successful training program in Open Source Tools, Data and Applications. Participants from  Eswatini Kingdom, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho,  Zambia and Zimbabwe were given training in Open Source Tools, Data and Applications. 


Details at https://www.rcmrd.org/training-on-open-source-tools-data-and-applications-in-eswatini


This is a good example of Bridging the Geospatial Digital Divide and providing opportunities for economically poor communities also to be part of the geo digital economy. I am grateful to all colleagues working on this excellent initiative.  


I request all colleagues to expand this ideas and scale up  geoeducation by using our resources at https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/please-share-geoforall-teaching-research-resources-colleagues-students/


I wish to send my greetings to all colleagues for the Digital Earth Africa Day on 12th August 2019. Digital Earth Africa [1][2] will transform the continent’s capacity to process and analyze satellite data for better decision making across many areas, including water, forest and coastal resource management, agriculture, and urban development.  Digital Earth Africa Day will take place on the sidelines of the RCMRD International Conference & 4th AfriGEOSS Symposium  at the RCMRD Campus,Nairobi, Kenya. Details at http://ric2019.rcmrd.org  


I am grateful to all colleagues working for bridging the geospatial digital divide and providing opportunities for economically poor to also be part of the geo digital economy.  Let us all work together to help create a world that is more accessible, equitable and full of innovation and opportunities for everyone. 


Best wishes,


Suchith



[1] http://www.ga.gov.au/digitalearthafrica

[2[ https://www.opendatacube.org





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