A discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda

Felicia O. Akinyemi, Bernard Hakizimana, Jean Mazimpaka

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    Abstract

    The level of awareness with regards to the use of spatial data for national
    development is high in Rwanda. Within the context of Geo-information and
    Communication Technologies (Geo-ICT), various institutions, especially government ministries and agencies are aspiring to use spatial data in their day-to-day activities in order to fulfill their various mandates. Efforts in this direction include the production of different types of spatial data sets. Alongside, they are organizing customized shortterm training and refresher courses for their staff in different aspects of spatial data production and management, as well as geographic information technologies such as GIS, Cartography, Surveying and Remote Sensing. To implement different Geo-ICT based applications and projects, there is increasing demand for the use of geographic information (GI). Considering that spatial datasets are produced by different ministries and the inability of a single department or organization to meet its spatial data needs,
    it is necessary to share data and information with different organizations. As an option for facilitating this process of data access and sharing, we consider the development of a geoportal to organize Web-based content and services. This chapter describes the content and features of the Rwanda geospatial portal as a discovery portal to promote GI use, access and dissemination. It also demonstrates the technological feasibility of implementing web-based mapping services in Rwanda at minimal cost using both commercial and free open-source software (FOSS) to achieve the goal of performance. The application of FOSS is particularly noted as financial considerations are a major deterrent to developing geoportals and other Geo-ICT applications in developing countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION
    Subtitle of host publicationRESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES
    EditorsHARLAN ONSRUD, ABBAS RAJABIFARD
    PublisherGSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS
    Chapter13
    Pages245-262
    ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9852444-2-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Akinyemi, F. O., Hakizimana, B., & Mazimpaka, J. (2013). A discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda. In HARLAN. ONSRUD, & ABBAS. RAJABIFARD (Eds.), SPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES (pp. 245-262). GSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS.
    Akinyemi, Felicia O. ; Hakizimana, Bernard ; Mazimpaka, Jean . / A discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda. SPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES. editor / HARLAN ONSRUD ; ABBAS RAJABIFARD. GSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS, 2013. pp. 245-262
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    Akinyemi, FO, Hakizimana, B & Mazimpaka, J 2013, A discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda. in HARLAN ONSRUD & ABBAS RAJABIFARD (eds), SPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES. GSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS, pp. 245-262.

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    SPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES. ed. / HARLAN ONSRUD; ABBAS RAJABIFARD. GSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS, 2013. p. 245-262.

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    Akinyemi FO, Hakizimana B, Mazimpaka J. A discovery geospatial portal for promoting Geo-ICT use in Rwanda. In ONSRUD HARLAN, RAJABIFARD ABBAS, editors, SPATIAL ENABLEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION PERSPECTIVES. GSDI ASSOCIATION PRESS. 2013. p. 245-262