Winners of Nairobi Region Mapping Competition finally unveiled........to view more photos regarding this please visit the Virtual Kenya Facebook page
In 2007, the World Resources Institute together with the Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing, the Central Bureau of Statistics and the International Livestock Research Institute jointly published Nature’s Benefits in Kenya: An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being (or “the Atlas”).Since then, data and charts from the Atlas have been downloaded regularly from the WRI website and its geographic information system (GIS) data sets are being used to produce new maps.
The Virtual Kenya project was borne to provide improved access to high quality spatial data and cutting-edge mapping technology to allow more Kenyans to use and interact with spatial data. To encourage creative use of the provided layers and take data sharing to the next level, a Mapping Competition was unveiled on 15th September 2011 and concluded on 31st December 2011.
From a pool of immense talents that ranged from G.I.S. professionals, University students and Mapping enthusiasts, three final winners from the Nairobi Region (which included the Nairobi Metroplitan Area,parts of Central Regional and part of the Rift Valley) were selected.
These are :
- "Using GIS To Highlight The Needs of The Disabled in Kenya" by Ann Masibo.
- "Drought in East Africa" by Chris Shitote.
- "Map of Land Use Change from Residential to Commercial: City of Nairobi 2008-2010" by James Gachanja.
The three regional winners also receive an automatic entry to the GRAND FINAL which will be held on 31st March 2012 together with the winners of the second phase of the mapping competition. This will be held after a second regional competition that will be targetting G.I.S. users outside Nairobi. Areas targetted are: Central Rift Region, Western Kenya and Coast Province.
Keep an eye out for the second phase of the competition which will culminate to the GRAND FINAL WINNER to be announced on 13th April 2012.
Many Thanks to all who took part , many who weren't able to submit entries but have been following and using Virtual Kenya and most of all to our esteemed judges: