Geospatial IG


Group details

Case Statement: 
IG Established

The Geospatial Interest Group is a domain oriented interest group to coordinate and build synergies on topics related to geospatial data. Though there has been lot of   developments and advances in geo data collection through mobile communications, sensor platforms, spatial search, and pervasive computing but still, the inter-disciplinary research needed to transform raw data into useful intelligence, to improve the planet's environmental, economic and societal well being, remains constrained by a range of barriers - disciplinary, organisational, historical, and a non-existent or non-rigorous approach to quantifying uncertainty in collected datasets. 


Recent Activity

05 Jul 2018

The World Challenge Finland 2018

The purpose of The World Challenge is to bring the world closer together through innovative solutions that we each build and then collectively share with each other. Open source solutions serving your community needs, can then benefit every other city! Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. If cities were to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating, massively increasing Earth’s collective productivity for livability on planet Earth.


05 Jul 2018

Details needed on MapX - The open-source, UN-backed geospatial data provider and viewer

Hi all,

I am interested to learn more about  MapX - The only open-source, UN-backed geospatial data provider and viewer. Details at


I came across some amazing work they are doing and I am interested to know more details on this and  related initiatives like the UNBiodiversity lab 


24 Jun 2018

Geospatial Data for SDGs: SciDataCon Abstracts due Monday, 6/25

Dear Colleagues,
Do you use Geospatial data and information in applications that pertain to
the Sustainable Development Goals? Please consider sharing your work at
SciDataCon. Submit an abstract to session #207: Sustainable Development
Goals Data at the Subnational Level
for the opportunity to
present during International Data Week in Gaborone, Botswana November 5-8.
We are looking forward to an interesting session on addressing data gaps
within the SDGs. There is particular interest in opportunities for

11 Jun 2018

The Rise of African Mapping Technologies

Interesting article on The Rise of African Mapping Technologies at


With FOSS4G and geoeducation expanding in Africa , we will see more rapid rise in African leadership in Mapping and technology. FOSS4G 2018 in Tanzania will be a great opportunity for this


The theme for FOSS4G 2018 is “Leave No-One Behind”. 


Best wishes,



04 Jun 2018

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposium 2018 - “Open Science in Practice”

The Open Source Geospatial Research and Education Symposiums are biannual meetings of the OGRS community dedicated to sharing knowledge, new solutions, methods, practices, ideas and trends in the field of geospatial information through the development and the use of free and open source software in both research and education.

16 May 2018

GeoDa- An Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis

This workbook for GeoDa might be of wider interest.


GeoDa is a free and open source software tool that serves as an introduction to spatial data analysis. It is designed to facilitate new insights from data analysis by exploring and modeling spatial patterns.


I am very grateful to Luc Anselin and all colleagues who made this amazing resources possible and sharing these for the wider community.



Details at


Best wishes,


16 May 2018

Africa Regional Data Cube

The Africa Regional Data Cube was formally launched last week at a high-level event in Nairobi, Kenya, is a new tool that harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access.