THE DATA IS NOT ENOUGH: SOME HURDLES WE MUST OVERCOME IN THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF REMOTE SENSING AND GIS TECHNOLOGY
DEAN MC CORMICK
Hexagon Geospatial, South Africa
For many years the data collection for the census in South Africa was a manual process. Field workers used to receive paper maps to orientate themselves to their enumeration areas. This has been a very tedious and complicated way of collecting data which required extra knowledge of map interpretation.
With the improvement and democratization of technology, Statistics South Africa, the largest and arguably the most advanced national statistical office in Africa, now benefits from the Smart.Census solution.
The Smart.Census solution enables the use of imagery base maps in a web-based smart GIS application with predefined workflows that control and limit each user (including fieldworkers) to their allocated geographical areas and tasks. A mobile application, intelligent caching, data storage and backups make it possible for users, after only a limited amount of training, to have all the functionality required to do data capturing in the field without internet access.
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