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The Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI), held a two-day training of County managers, planners and urban professionals on GIS and Remote Sensing. This training was part of the Centre’s core objective of Capacity Building and Continuous Profession Development (CPD). The training took place in the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus, from 5th to 6th of December 2016.

The overall objective of the training was to build capacity of the County technical officers to be able to champion development of an exclusive and integrated GIS system. Therefore, the training strived to ensure that County Government officers are not only able to productively exploit available spatial data sets, but also equip them with the skills necessary for the development of County-wide Integrated Geographic Information System, which will harness the power of GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing technologies in service delivery, governance and dissemination of information.

The workshop was structured into various modules;

  1. Data Management; this covered the types of spatial data, handling and management of data, and the importance of data management in county planning and development.
  2. Data Sourcing, Acquisition, Reliability and Accuracy; entailed highlighting the various sources of data, the methods of spatial data acquisition, and, how to maintain data integrity.
  3. Data Acquisition Strategies – GPS and Web Mapping; introduced the trainees to the fundamentals of GPS and Web mapping, as sources of spatial data acquisition.
  4. County Experiences in Data Management; where the trainees shared their experiences in data management, and the various strengths and challenges they experience in data management in the counties.
  5. Data Acquisition Strategies- Google Earth; introduced the trainees to the use of Google Earth, as a source of spatial data acquisition.
  6. Data Acquisition Strategies- Aerial Photography/Satellite Imagery: where the trainers introduced the trainees to the use of aerial photography and satellite imagery, as a source of spatial data acquisition.
  7. Re-entry Planning – Strategies for better Data Management at County Level: This session invoked the participants to think through the training experience, and determine the changes that the experience should bring; how the information and experience acquired would impact service delivery in counties, and how the information and experience acquired would be used as a tool for visioning and strategizing county affairs.

At the end of the training, the participants received certificates of participation, in a ceremony presided over by Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal College of Architecture and Engineering.

Prof. Peter Nngau issuing certificates to participants

By Isaac Kang'ethe, CURI.

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