Mapping out data is a great way to summarise it and at the same time make use of the very important spatial element that adds more meaning to this data.
A social media tax recently introduced by the Ugandan government has caused quite the stir with many claiming that it is infringing on their right to freely use the internet. GWG set out to map, using recently released figures by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, how many people in Uganda actually use this internet.
Mapping out data is a great way to summarise it & make use of the very important spatial element that adds more meaning to it. Static maps like the ones shown below go a long way in helping one make meaning on pages and pages of excel sheets by providing a very handy summary.
The maps show that more people in the central and south western region own a mobile phone compared to those in the northern regions.
Also, less than 10% of the total population in every district except Kampala, Mukono, Wakiso, Mukono, Buikwe, Jinja, Gulu, Lira, Mbale & Mbarara uses the internet.
The percentage of the population that own computers is even less with every district except Kampala and Wakiso having less than 10% of its population owning one.
The Geospatial Working Group attended the Geo4Africa summit held at hotel Africana from 11th to 13th July 2017. The theme was “Innovating Knowledge Databases” and we were there to present our work in line with this.
Innovation is one of the things that we embrace as GWG in regards to our profession and the services we offer. We are therefore always proud to liaise with fellow professionals in the spatial world to advance this cause and summits like this are a great avenue to do that by sharing the work we do and what we have experienced.
At this summit Adriko Kennedy was there to present our work in participatory GIS which involves communities coming together and mapping their resources and sharing their indigenous spatial knowledge. This is geared towards conservation of natural resources and creating awareness.
The Geospatial Working Group was well represented at the State Of The Map Africa conference held at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology conference hall on the 8th of July 2017. Extensive knowledge on the use of Open Street Mapping, community mapping, involvement of women in mapping and so much more was shared by several professionals. These are initiatives that we are happy to be a part of as we grow our range of skills and knowledge and serve the client better.