fredag den 10. april 2009

A geoscience information network for Africa

Afrika er på mange måder det sorte afrika, men de nye teknologier har vist sig at løfte kontinentet op fra stort set ingenting og til moderne nutidige kommunikationsmetoder ... Her tænker jeg på mobilteknologi og internet som spreder sig med lynets hast over hele kontinentet ... GIS vil blot være endnu et stort skridt ind i det 21. århundrede ...

Africa is in many ways the dark continent but new technologies has managed to lift the dark land masses from nothing to modern ways of comminication ... Mobile phones and internet is spreading faster than lightning and GIS is just another great leap into the 21st century ...


A geoscience information network for Africa
GIRAF 2009 – Building a geoscience information network across Africa.

Between 16 and 20 March 2009 97 participants from 26 African nations, plus four European countries, and representatives from UNESCO, ICSU and IUGS-CGI, held a workshop at the Namibian Geological Survey in Windhoek. The workshop – GIRAF 2009 – Geoscience InfoRmation In Africa – was organised by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Geological Survey of Namibia (GSN) at the Namibian Ministry for Mines and Energy and was mainly financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supported by the IUGS Commission for the Management and Application of Geoscience Information (CGI). 

The participants came to Namibia to discuss one of the most topical issues in the geological domain – geoscience information and informatics. A prime objective was to set up a pan-African network for exchanging knowledge about geoscience information.

GIRAF 2009 builds on the results of a preparatory workshop organised by the CGI and funded by the IUGS, which was held in June 2006 in Maputo at the 21st Colloquium on African Geology – CAG21. This preparatory workshop concentrated on identifying general problems and needs of African geological institutions in discussion with representatives of African geological surveys, universities, private companies and non-governmental organisations. The GIRAF 2009 workshop used the results of this discussion to plan and design its programme aims. [...]

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