Dr Sean Mayes was involved in organising the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings in Nairobi jointly organized by the University of Nottingham, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Crops for the Future (CFF) and funded by a BBSRC GCDF IAA grant on 27-28 October 2016.
The event was a good platform for knowledge sharing and development of strategic proposals between stakeholder in agricultural research organizations in Africa on improving the use of free and open geospatial software, open data and open educational resources. The main goal was to expand Capacity Building and Training in AgriGIS to support Global Food Security initiatives, with the GRASP initiative as an example for a genotype-anchored geospatial database for germplasm of multiple species.
The Think-Tank discussion covered the following themes:
i. Big challenges for agriculture in the African context.
ii. Tools (known & wish list) used for agriculture using satellite/remote data collection.
iii. Existing or potential data sets needed.
iv. Practical, technical, policy, implementation obstacles that exist application of geotechnologies for agriculture
v. Data and Modelling
Center for Agricultural Networking and Information Sharing (CANIS), Kenya has volunteered to become a focal point between other stakeholders on Open GIS and open data and keep building the ideas behind the Think-Tank. Kiringai can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for expanding AgriGIS momentum in Kenya.
Slides of presentations during the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings can be obtained at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/grace/events/agrigis-kenya-slides.aspx
Below are the important links to access the open source materials related to the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings.
1. Free online materials produced by GeoForAll colleagues at GeoAcademy. Their FOSS4G Academy Curriculum
with comprehensive QGIS tutorials are at http://spatialquerylab.com/foss4g-academy-curriculum/
3. Contents and quick start guides for the 50+ tools available from desktop GIS to web mapping to mobile
apps at http://live.osgeo.org/en/overview/overview.html
4. OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine, that allows you to try a
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of
free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around. Details at
5. http://live.osgeo.org/en/presentation/index.html#/ Quick start presentation to give
6. Join GeoForAll mailing list for any queries on open sourceGIS at http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/geoforall
7. For freely available training materials visit http://www.geoforall.org/training/
8. Blogposts from participants of the workshop such as the one at GEOSYMP