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.
Morocco IDRISI Resource Center
Contact: Abdelkrim Marzouk
Sidi Mohamed Ibn Abdellah University
Contact: Dr. Abdelkader El Garouani
The Faculty of Sciences and Techniques (FST-Fez) strives to meet the needs of the Moroccan GIS and Remote Sensing 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. The IDRISI Resource Center in FST-Fez carries out basic and applied research in different thematic disciplines (e.g., soil erosion, urban and regional development plans, land use change, etc.). The IDRISI Resource Center also actively supports and promotes thematic and interdisciplinary research that utilizes spatial analysis within the Master's and PhD programs.
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 for 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 as well offers professional Master, Academic Masters and PhD in Geographic Information Science, Cartography and Remote sensing in the three academic departments with course offerings in both English and French.
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.