Upande is a GIS company based in Nairobi Kenya. With a young and dynamic team that embraces the use of open source technology in helping organisations to solve their problems that range from: Data Collection, Geographical Information System (GIS), Web GIS, General Web development and Mobile Development.
Upande has been sub-contracted by ERMIS to work with four counties (Busia, Kisumu, Kajiado and Kiambu ) from the four water boards (Lake Victoria NorthWater Service Board, Tanathi Water service Board, Lake Victoria South Water Service Board and Athi water Service board) in:
- Providing training
- Facilitating mobile-phone based data collection using Akvo FLOW
- Installing FLOW software on android phones and providing technical backstopping support in data collection
- Uploading and export of data from FLOW Dashboard to the Water Point Mapper templates for analysis and
- Publishing of processed data (GIS Shapefiles and KMLs) and findings on OpenData and Virtual Kenya platforms that are accessible freely to the public. This is an SNV Kenya Netherlands project that is funded by Twaweza.
Having been involved on the technical aspects of project mapKibera last year, it was a good opportunity for Upande to get involved in some actual ground work, data collection. Last year Mapkibera group led by Mikel Maron, managed to comb Kibera in a combined 5 days. The product was a detailed up to date map of Kibera from entire road network, water points, schools, community centres, to the locals’ favourite pint dens.
Organizers and partners
The Map Kibera team led by Mikel organized a one day mapping part. This May the group, organized by Mikel Maron and Primoz Kovacic was back again for another big cause; mapping one of the only two forests in Nairobi: The Karura Forest. Mappers this time round consisted of Members of Mapkibera Group, Friends of Karura, who provided the scouts, mapping professionals, mapping enthusiasts, staff from the UN and British Embassy and Molu the scout dog. Security was also well handled with Capt Danny Alexander of the British Army and the Kenyan Forest Service. The exercise brought together a team of almost 35 mappers.
A friend of mine is a passionate ecologist current doing botanical research into the change of forest cover in Kenya historically. Interesting study for sure. And we are always talking about the latest geo stuff, including mobile. Through his blog he shared a link which I took with great interest, loading Quantum GIS on to an Android. Had to try this one out. After struggling a bit, I got it to work as you can see, in which I loaded some ITC Naivasha data around water management. You can read more below.