After having been featured on Google's recently launched MoreThanAMap website featuring Upande as 1 of the 6 global developers, we have gotten further great exposure from CNN who have featured our work in their blog post titled Improving the world, one map at a time.
At the end of this month we will receive further exposure through Google's Geo Developer Blog. Great recognition for our work and kudos to the team for having made this all happen!!
We are very excited to announce that Upande staff will be participating in the upcoming Data Journalism Bootcamps in Tanzania and Ghana, both in October 2012, partnering with The World Bank Institute and Africa Media Initiative.
Our role will be to introduce journalists to data scraping and cleaning tools, as well as analysis and visualization tools that can help tell the story the data contains.
We are honoured to be part of this series which will complement the work we already did with these partners in Moldova and South Africa.
Google has today launched an exciting platform morethanamap.com to showcase what developers around the world have done with Google Maps API. Here at Upande we were lucky enough to be interviewed as part of this initiative and show off our work. Kudos to our great team! More to follow!
Virtual Kenya is an online interactive platform, with related materials (in DVD) for those with no access to the Internet. It is designed to provide improved access to high quality spatial data and mapping technology to allow more people to use and interact with spatial data in their educational and professional pursuits.
This is achieved through various:
- Google mashups and dashboards on a range of themes
- Environmental interactive virtual tours and educational resources
- Downloadable and interactive map data
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can play a very positive role in the development of East African countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Combining data about economic facilities and activities with online maps and GPS technology can create practical and efficient web solutions that help steer development, says Kenya-based GEO and GIS expert Mark de Blois.