Working with multiple geospatial datasets, Akinyiga fostered his understanding of how emergencies and disasters can be managed in Nigeria. His analysis improved his understanding of the geographic position of health centres that can handle emergencies and how close the emergency centres are to health centres. Michael C’s analysis determined better locations for oil and gas stations (based on existing settlements) in order to reduce the risk of fire outbreaks to nearby inhabitants. While conducting their analysis, GRID3 experts provided extensive feedback on methodology, additional datasets, and visualisation, amongst other issues. This process enabled the two participants to assess and strengthen their current skills. For example, following the challenge, both were able to assess the value of road network data and gridded population estimates, allowing them to refine their analysis.
“We don’t expect delegates to become GIS experts within a month. Our goal through the Data Challenge is to spark interest in geospatial data and provide participants with a better understanding of the wide range of solutions available through GIS, so they can build from their work and take it to the next level”, says Wole Ademola Adewole.
GRID3 Nigeria is committed to building a community of practice where data experts and enthusiasts across the country learn to utilise GRID3 data to solve development challenges. Through their partnership, DSN and GRID3 are reaching a wide, diverse audience.
“Taking part in GRID3 sessions will expose you to using geospatial data to solve problems that real world data can not necessarily solve. This is of benefit to any aspiring data scientist who wants to use any kind of data to solve challenges.”
Mmuokuba Michael Chiemerie
“I will encourage you, if you have the opportunity to make it to the Bootcamp, to attend the GRID3 session. It is the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to talk with experts in the field from across the world. You have the chance to discuss problems and at the same time work through hands-on, nation-based problem sessions.”
Akinyiga Obadamilare. D.