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African Statistics Day 2020 focuses on statistics and data in building a peaceful Africa

25 Nov - 13:29 SAST

Information from UNECA

Countries have embarked on national activities in celebration of the African Statistics Day under the theme “Modernising national statistical systems to provide data and statistics to support sustainable peace and development in Africa”. This year’s theme is in tandem with the theme of the African Union for the year 2020, “Silencing the guns: Creating conducive conditions for Africa’s development”.

Director of the Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) African Statistics Centre, Oliver Chinganya, explains that the theme was chosen to raise awareness among decision-makers, technical and financial partners, data producers, researchers and the general public of the critical importance

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Digital Earth Africa data moved to Amazon Web Services facility in Cape Town to optimise availability and accessibility

16 Nov - 17:19 SAST
The movement of Sentinel-2 data to the AWS facility in Cape Town allows DE Africa to store data closer to users, enabling them to access and analyse information faster.
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Global air pollution maps now available

6 Nov - 09:48 SAST
A new online platform for tracking of air pollution worldwide is now available to the public. The maps, which use data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, show the averaged nitrogen dioxide concentrations using a...
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Novum Intel becomes Novum Intelligence, launches new services

2 Nov - 23:35 SAST
Eagle-eyed audience members will have noticed the subtle change in our company name, logo and domain name from Novum Intel to the full name, Novum Intelligence.
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Using gridded population data for inclusive mapping and sustainable development

1 Oct - 13:12 SAST
Gridded population data have emerged as an important resource for delivering actionable data.
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Esri and AfroChampions partner to promote GIS in Africa, drive economic transformation

24 Sep - 12:17 SAST
Information from Esri Geospatial software developer Esri announced a joint initiative with AfroChampions, a Pan-African non-profit that aims to promote policies that foster private-public collaboration for Africa’s economic transformation.  This...
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Deal unlocks universal access to high-resolution satellite imagery for anyone to monitoring tropical deforestation

23 Sep - 19:56 SAST
Universal access to high-resolution satellite monitoring of the tropics supports efforts to stop the destruction of the world’s rainforests.
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Radiant Earth Foundation leadership transition

26 Aug - 18:10 SAST
Anne Hale Miglarese hands over the executive directorship to chief data scientist Hamed Alemohammad, and Jerry Johnston becomes the chairman of the board of directors.
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Spatially-disaggregated crop production statistics data released for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017

27 Jul - 14:55 SAST
The International Food Policy Research Institute has published a new version of Spatially-Disaggregated Crop Production Statistics Data for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2017. This new regional update, available to download from the IFPRI Dataverse, marks...
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Coalition formed to combine artificial intelligence with satellites to monitor global greenhouse gas emissions in real time

15 Jul - 21:20 SAST
The Climate TRACE tool will allow independently verified emissions monitoring to enable transparency and accountability, along with other applications and benefits.
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The role of spatial finance in the protection of world heritage

1 Jul - 04:39 SAST
Financial service providers can help prevent the exploitation of World Heritage Sites by using spatial analysis to gain a clear overview of economic activity in areas of global ecological significance.
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Digital Earth Africa releases analysis-ready satellite data for all of Africa to support COVID-19 response

15 Jun - 20:26 SAST
Digital Eart Africa has made a large amount of ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite data available in a format that makes it accessible and suitable for general use. This imagery is particularly useful because of its...
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Aeolus wind data is now available in near-real time for numerical weather prediction

12 May - 18:53 SAST
ESA’s Aeolus satellite mission data is now being distributed publicly to forecasting services and scientific users in less than three hours of measurements being made from space.
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Grant programme opens for novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring in the cloud

5 May - 11:38 SAST
Microsoft’s AI for Earth program and the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network secretariat are launching a new $1 million grant program seeking projects that develop novel approaches to biodiversity monitoring.
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RICS ramps up its mediation service as South Africa compels dispute mediation

27 Apr - 16:46 SAST
A recent amendment by the Rules Board for Courts of Law now compels South Africans to consider mediation as a solution for any legal matter before going to court. The Royal Institution of Chartered...
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Crop detection in Africa competition winners announced

16 Apr - 23:33 SAST
Five data scientists emerged as winners of Radiant Earth Foundation’s competition, in partnership with Zindi Africa, to create a machine learning model that classifies farm fields in Kenya by crop type using time series...
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Ghana launches COVID-19 tracker app

15 Apr - 07:53 SAST
Ghana’s vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Communications, has launched a new app designed to help in tracing people who have come into contact with COVID-19 positive individuals.
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South African government sets up COVID-19 research data platform

29 Mar - 11:37 SAST
A team of experts are working on creating a range of data warehouses, including the current geographic spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, health vulnerabilities and location of health and other facilities, among other things.
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Farming by Satellite 2020 competition opens for applications

13 Mar - 22:08 SAST
The 2020 edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize includes a Special Africa Prize, which aims to encourage young Africans to develop satellite-based solutions that cater to the specific needs and resources of communities...
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