𝔾𝕀𝕊 𝔻𝔸𝕐: 𝔾𝕀𝕊 𝕀𝕊 𝕃𝕀𝕂𝔼 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔸𝕀ℝ 𝕎𝔼 𝔹ℝ𝔼𝔸𝕋ℍ𝔼
Happy GIS Day 2022! Smart and green development remains a compelling and relevant topic.
As I proclaimed before, “𝑰𝒇 𝒉𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒂𝒑𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒊𝒏, 𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒂 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒅, 𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒃𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑮𝑰𝑺 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 𝒐𝒇 𝒅𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒔𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒔.”
We had a successful #GISday summit at Taita Taveta University, the eighth we have held at this institution for the #Tsavo ecoregion. The local theme was 𝐆𝐈𝐒: 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝, 𝐒𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. There were training sessions and presentations from students, academia including the ones living and working abroad, Esri Eastern Africa, and partners from the County Government of Taita Taveta and Voi-Mwatate Rotary Coalition.
As a guest speaker joining us from the Imperial College London, Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng, FREng emphasised the following message to the diverse audience, drawn from universities, industry, and government (paraphrased): With the ongoing blurring of disciplinary boundaries, #GIS is evolving to be like the air we breathe. The air we breathe, as we know, is an indivisible, non-rival good. Thus, GIS is living up to its rightful mission of being an integrator for delivering shared visual understanding and meaning, complete with the #geospatial metrics that define most of the aspects of our work and life assignments.
In our curiosity to leverage parametric decision-making, the way engineering sciences condition us to abstract, interpret, and organise the world, a new era of transdisciplinary collaboration beckons to quench this thirst. This evolution demands a mindset change, a shift in perspectives on learning and skills development par excellence. Here is a new readiness to apply our brainpower and learning opportunities to resonate with the non-linearity and interconnectedness widespread in nature. It is about systems, and a system of systems! This eye-opening talk reinforced the fact that #systemsthinking is gaining strategic significance in understanding the complex world we continue to interact with. I bet that my fellow members of the System Dynamics Society will share an organic kinship with these perspectives exuded on the GIS Day 2022.
In the quadrant map below is a summary of the trajectory of GIS career development that should excite students about the future and the spheres of engagement that will continue to demand actionable location-based intelligence, hence applied GIS technologies.
More from 8th GIS Day at TTU
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