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Monday, October 15, 2012

Journalists Trained On Geospatial Technology

About 30 journalists drawn from both print and electronic media in Ghana have participated in a day's workshop on Geospatial Science and Technology in Accra.

The event, which was organized by the Africa Media Forum for Geo-information Systems (AMFGIS) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the International Institute of ICT Journalism (Penplusbytes), was under the theme, "Harnessing Geospatial Science and Technology for Socio-economic Development – The Role of Ghanaian Media."

The workshop was aimed at educating journalists on the use of geospatial information in the newsroom by focusing on topics such as Introduction to Concepts of Geospatial Technologies, Case Studies of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Applications in Ghana with special emphasis on how to generate compelling stories.

Kwami Ahiabenu II, Co-Chair of AMFGIS, stated that "Geospatial science and technology have a lot of opportunities to stimulate Ghana's socio-economic development, and journalists have an important role to ensure increased awareness of these opportunities and the workshop is coming at a right time in this direction".

In her address, Aida Opoku-Mensah, Director of ICT and Science & Technology Division (ISTD), UNECA stated that "Africa and Ghana cannot do without the use and exploitation of geospatial technology, whether for its use in elections that ensures the accurate mapping of constituencies, or mapping disease-prone areas for decision-making, as well as assessing the environmental impacts of mining, oil exploration.

She noted that the main challenge is to get decision-makers to understand the strategic importance of surveying, mapping, GIS, Global Positioning System (GPS), earth satellite observation and other forms of geospatial technology for proper and effective development planning.

"It's high time we got politicians, legislators and planners having a holistic approach to the use of technology to countries' advantage," Ms Opoku-Mensah emphasized.

AMFGIS seeks to promote collaboration, information and knowledge sharing on geospatial information, science and technology issues and its impact on the country's socio-economic development.

By Esther Awuah

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

African Media To Promote Geospatial Science

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has established a forum aimed at enhancing the capacity of the media in the promotion, advocacy and awareness-creation of Geospatial Information Science (GIS) on the African continent.

Geospatial Information Science refers to the technology used for the measurement, analysis and visualisation of features or spatial phenomenon occurrences. For instance, in the mining and oil sector, resources on the earth's surface require sophisticated technology to discover, extract and manage and since mining and  drilling of oil require accurate knowledge of the earth's surface and subsurface.

 Geospatial technology is best suited for the exploration and extraction of mineral deposits.

Again, projects such as roads and waterways require geospatial technologies for planning, construction and implementation.

According to the UNECA, GIS and related disciplines are now commonly found as the driving force of many applications and services in socio-economic development, offering a different way in which information required to manage communities and economic activities are produced and used.

But unfortunately, one of the great impediments to the use of the technology in Africa and its contribution to development is the communication gap that exists among major actors and players within and outside the sector.

It said as a tool, the technology was enormously important for decision-makers across a wide range of disciplines, industries and sectors so there was the need for journalists in Africa to understand how geospatial technology supported the management of Africa's development.

It is based on this realisation that the UNECA organised a two-day training at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a select group of media professionals from Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, with the aim of improving the quality of geo-information.

The media professionals, after the training, endorsed the establishment of the forum for Geospatial Information Systems aimed at enhancing the capacity of the media to promote Geospatial Information advocacy and awareness on the continent and pledged to promote the creation of National Geospatial Science Journalists Association in their respective countries.

Speaking at the function, Miss Aida Opoku-Mensah, Director of the ICT, Science and Technology Division of the UNECA, noted that the wide usage of the technology in Africa could help influence the management of Africa's development.

Unfortunately, she said, the geo-information sector was not effectively communicating with the general public, leading to low adoption of geospatial science and technology in Africa and thereby its low contribution to development.

She noted that the technology was radically changing the way information was being used for development planning elsewhere in the world so Africa should  embrace it fully.

"Too often, the geospatial sector loses itself in technicalities and language not familiar in management circles. Space is, therefore, insufficiently considered by senior managers as part of the economics," she added.

In the media field, for instance, geospatial data could provide rich information that could be combined with aerial photographs aligned and laid on maps to depict the location of natural resources such as oil and gas or gold, expected disaster-prone areas, the location of an unfolding event on a map, census or rating territories.

Again, data from the technology could be used for a visual analysis to inform readers or viewers of the exact location of an unfolding news item. As such, Ms Opoku-Mensah said the engagement of media professionals and researchers was vital to overcoming the communication gap.

Also, the technology could allow businesses to integrate customer locations with other enterprises or third parties.

Mr Mekonnen Teshome, President of the Ethiopian Association of Science Journalists (EASJ), said the organisation of the workshop "comes at the right time when we African Journalists are well organised and seeking better information on science and technology."

Mr Kwami Ahiabenu, Director of Penplusbytes and chairman of the meeting, said all over Africa, technology was playing an important role in transforming the life, society and economy of its nations.

Mr Sultan Mohammed, Director-General, Ethiopian Mapping Agency (EMA), in his keynote speech, emphasised the point that only societies using information efficiently and wisely would succeed in their development endeavours.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Harvesting ICTs dividends for Ghana’s Agricultural growth and productivity using knowledge management approach

By Kwami Ahiabenu,II






In simple terms, e-agriculture articulates the application of Information and Communication Technologies ( ICTs) in agriculture not only for its current realized application but also its myriad of untapped potential with the focus on higher yield and better productivity leading to poverty reduction and wealth creation. Ghana ICTs applications in agriculture policy direction is set within the context of Ghana 's ICT for accelerated development policy (ICT4AD) with the vision of promoting the deployment and exploitation of ICTs to support the activities of the agriculture sector including the production, processing, marketing and distribution of agriculture products and services. Currently there are numerous projects, programs, activities leveraging ICTs in agriculture across the country with varying degree of success. Harvesting ICTs dividends for Ghana's Agricultural growth and productivity using knowledge management (KM) approach argue that using people centered style within a vibrant information , knowledge sharing and collaborative approach can guaranteed better success stories in Ghana's agriculture space.