RCMRD as a co-organizer of Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an intergovernmental organization that seeks to promote sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of Geo-Information and allied Information to its 20 member states and stakeholders.
RCMRD works with its partners to promote the co-development, application and uptake of satellite derived products. This is achieved by making tools, applications and data and information more readily available through different initiatives. Some of the freely available tools are listed below.

RCMRD GeoportalOpen Data Portal

The geoportal and open data portal are repositories for datasets, maps and freely available satellite imagery. The open data portal also provides links to RCMRD application portals by thematic area, hazard maps and atlases and additional functionality to interact with a diverse set of datasets.

Link: http://geoportal.rcmrd.org/

Link: http://opendata.rcmrd.org/

The RCMRD Early Warning Explorer

The RCMRD Early Warning eXplorer (EWX) is a web-based application for exploration of geospatial data related to drought monitoring and famine early warning, customized for application in the African countries. It includes datasets such as rainfall at 5km, maximum temperature, rainfall forecasts and NDVI. The EWX enables scientists, analysts, and policymakers to view diverse data sets side-by-side in the same spatial bounding box, while also stepping through sequences of multiple time-series data sets. The EWX also allows users to view different statistics for user-selected regions by administrative zone, crop zone, hydrologic zones, grazing areas, or country.

Link: http://data.rcmrd.org/ewx-viewer/

The Global Agricultural Monitoring System

Coverage: Global with regional customizations

RCMRD through SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Project has been partnering with the University of Maryland have been building capacity in agricultural monitoring using tools such as the GLAM. The GLAM system is a customized web-based information-analysis and data-delivery system that allows users to monitor crop conditions and to locate and track the factors impairing agricultural productivity. This system provides crop analysts with a suite of MODIS temporal composites of vegetation index data, false color imagery, and a dynamic crop mask. Complementing these data products is a range of web-based analysis tools that allow analysts to interrogate these data and to drill down to the pixel level of detail. Using these data and tools analysts track the evolution of the growing season, make inter-annual comparisons of season dynamics and inform decision makers of agricultural conditions and impediments to worldwide food-security.

Link: http://pekko.geog.umd.edu/glam/east-africa/index.php

CODE-DE Datacube service supports Dubrovnik and Kampala INSPIRE hackathons

Datacubes form an enabling paradigm for serving massive spatio-temporal Earth data in an analysis-ready way by combining individual files into single, homogenized objects for easy access, extraction, analysis, and fusion – “one cube says more than a million images”. Goal is to allow users to “ask any question, any time, on any size” thereby enabling them to “build their own product on the go”, to cite some common terms.

With the OGC Web Coverage Service (WCS) suite a set of easy-to-handle, flexible, powerful service APIs is in common use today. In the hackathon you have the opportunity to access spatio-temporal datacubes for extraction, visualization, analytics, and fusion of data.
Just find your Jupyter datacube notebook on the CODE-DE Sentinel hub https://processing.code-de.org/rasdaman/index.html?page=demonstrations, it offers a convenient quick step-by-step introduction.

CODE-DE, the German Sentinel Hub, can offer following data coverage:


Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020: Covid-19 Update

Dear Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 participants,

Taking into account the coronavirus outbreak that has created an unpredictable and unprecedented situation for everyone, we are considering making Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 fully virtual to minimize the need of any travel. This could mean the cancellation of in-situ part of the hackathon at Makerere University in Kampala and the final presentation of results during IST Africa conference. 

Nevertheless, we don’t want to deprive you of this unique opportunity of cooperating with African and European experts and therefore we have no plans to cancel the Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 itself – the hackathon continues to run remotely until May 2020 and after that, there would be a final online workshop/webinar, where the results of the hackathon would be presented.

You can also look forward to certificates attesting to your participation in the Kampala Hackathon, which will be sent via email in case of cancellation of in-situ part.  

This information about cancellation of in-situ part of hackathon is not final and we are going to keep you up-to-date in next days with respect to the situation –  so let’s stay tuned and keep on hacking!

If you are interested in Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 and haven’t been registered yet, do not hesitate to register here.