1. Context and Rationale
Geospatial Information Technology (GIT), also known as “Geomatics” refers to technology used for the measurement, analysis and visualization of spatial features or phenomena. GIT is very important technology to decision-makers across a wide range of disciplines, industries, and sectors, becoming the driving force of many applications and services in socio-economic development, offering a radically different way in which we produce and use information required to manage our communities and economic activities.
However, one of the great impediments to the uptake of geospatial science and technology sector in Africa and its contribution to Africa’s development is the communication gap that exists among the major actors and players both within and outside the sector.
There’s no doubt that Media represents a value-added constituency for providing accrued awareness on the role of geoinformation in the continent socio-economic development, especially in demonstrating the importance of geospatial technologies applications and benefits for governance, climate change, agriculture, water, cadastral, electricity and infrastructure development among others.
To address these issues, ECA has planned capacity building activities of media professionals and researchers in the continent. These activities aim at addressing media professionals’ capacity building needs on reporting on Geospatial information science and technology and its role in socio economic development.
2. Objectives of the workshop
The objective of this training workshop is to create awareness for the media professionals about the Geospatial technologies in order to facilitate their reporting.
At the end of this training participants will be able to:
- Understand the concept of GIS
- Understand the capabilities, uses and applications of GIS;
- Be aware of some of the current Geospatial technologies and the future trends;
- Be aware of some organizational issues of GIS development and implementation;
- Acquire the data sharing and spatial data infrastructure concepts.
The training module is prepared to provide background information for media reporters who are responsible for reporting and authoring in different newspapers, journals, magazine, TV, and other media.
During the training, participants will be introduced to the basics of geospatial science and technology as well as some of the applications and disciplines that employ GIS. This will allow them to better understand the GIS technologies, communicate with the geospatial community and efficiently report in the field.
4. Workshop Participants
Participants will include journalists, reporters and science communication experts, from different countries in Africa.
5. Expected Outcomes
The expected output will be a trained core of African science journalists and thus increase their technical competence and their contribution to African development.
In the medium to long term, the following are expected:
- Teaching material and resources will be available for dissemination and further training of journalists;
- Continuous capacity strengthening of science journalists.
- Improved capacity to make accessible scientific information beyond the scientific community;
- Promote collaboration of Journalists with GIS specialists and scientists
- Improved interaction between science journalists, researchers and policy makers;
- Capacity of science journalists strengthened;
- Improved quality of Geospatial information science and technology reporting on the continent
6. Proposed date and venue
It is proposed that the workshop will take place from 17-18 September 2012 at the United Nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.