Resource Centers - Africa
Kenya IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Mr. Erick Khamala
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is a non-profit, intergovernmental organization that promotes the development and use of geoinformation for sustainable development in Africa. Comprised of 15 member states, RCMRD provides a variety of services including application assistance, consulting services, trainings, educational materials, and information about IDRISI.
The major objectives of RCMRD are to provide training and advisory services in the fields of surveying and mapping including aerial photography, photogrammetry, photo-interpretation, geodesy, and remote sensing. Programs at RCMRD exist for resource mapping, remote sensing and environmental management, engineering services, and human resource development and management.
Current activities of the Kenyan IRC include introductory and advanced training courses in remote sensing applications as well as a variety of research and development projects.
Last Updated 10/5/05
Morocco IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Abdelkrim Marzouk
The IRC in Morocco promotes the use of GIS and remote sensing technology through training, research, technology transfer and implementation, and collaboration. Their aim is to contribute to environmental monitoring research and forge relationships and exchange expertise with national and international organizations.
Last Updated 10/10/05
Sidi Mohamed Ibn Abdellah University
Contact: Dr. Abdelkader El Garouani
The Faculty of Sciences and Techniques at Sidi Mohamed Ibn Abdellah University strives to meet the needs of the Moroccan GIS community. Activities include, but are not limited to, providing information about Clark Labs products, providing GIS educational opportunities in the form of workshops and training programs, and developing local GIS training and education materials.
The Faculty of Sciences and Techniques focuses on research involving environmental applications of GIS and Remote Sensing for natural resources, landuse change and ecological modelling.
Last Updated 11/14/06
Nigeria IDRISI Resource Center
RECTAS was established in 1972 under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with a mandate for training, research, consultancy and advisory services in Geoinformatics. The Centre is a joint African regional project with current participating countries of Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
RECTAS provides course programs at three levels: Technician, Technologist and Post-graduate. The centre also runs a joint MSc programme in Geoinformatics with International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, (ITC) Enschede, The Netherlands. Trainees are normally career officers currently employed at various levels of governmental organizations, especially the National Mapping Agencies, in member states of UNECA with the majority of them coming from RECTAS' member states.
RECTAS recently held a lecturer training series using IDRISI. During the three-day session, topics and exercises from the IDRISI documentation, modified by RECTAS, were utilized.
South Africa IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Fritz van der Merwe
The South African Resource Center utilizes IDRISI for education and training purposes for both students at the university, as well as for users in the community. Students are trained in the fields of remote sensing, spatial analysis, geostatistical analysis and decision making theory.
A typical one week course for delegates from the GIS and planning community and other interested parties consists of the following topics:
A brief overview of exploratory data analysis and spatial data analysis, computation and conversion issues in raster and vector GIS, cartographic modeling, surface geometry calculations, multi-criteria decision making techniques, and spatial dependence modeling and estimation.
In 2007 and 2008, the Resource Center used IDRISI for a land cover change project in the tribal areas of the northern parts of South Africa for the government's Department of Land Affairs.
Last updated 1/29/10