Skip to main content
Spotify for Podcasters
Geospatially Africa Podcast |The Podcast for the Geospatial Community. GIS, RS, Drones, Technology

Geospatially Africa Podcast |The Podcast for the Geospatial Community. GIS, RS, Drones, Technology

By Geospatially Africa - The Podcast for the Geospatial Community| GIS, RS, Drones

This is a podcast about the amazing world of geospatial and people using geospatial technology to innovate and solve problems. Join us as we talk to industry experts and professionals about how they are using geospatial technology in different areas. Stay informed about the latest trends and developments in the geospatial world in Africa and across the world.
Available on
Apple Podcasts Logo
Castbox Logo
Google Podcasts Logo
RadioPublic Logo
Spotify Logo
Stitcher Logo
Currently playing episode

The intersection of GIS and SQL: How Spatial SQL is Changing the Game

Geospatially Africa Podcast |The Podcast for the Geospatial Community. GIS, RS, Drones, TechnologyJan 31, 2023

The intersection of GIS and SQL: How Spatial SQL is Changing the Game
Jan 31, 202355:42
Africa Geospatial Innovation - a spotlight on Locana in Africa

Africa Geospatial Innovation - a spotlight on Locana in Africa

Geospatial innovation in Africa is growing and Locana is learning a lot from this through their work in Africa. We sit down with Todd Slind, Locana’s Vice President of Emerging Markets, who also leads the Open Data & Development (OD&D) unit, to discuss some of their numerous projects within the African space, and how they help foster collaborative development (cross-fertilization) between Africa and the rest of the world.  

Tune in to know about the work they have done and some of its impact on socio-economic development across Africa.  

In this episode Todd discusses;

Some past and current projects he is excited about within Africa, Innovative usage of OpenStreetMap data in disaster relief.  Their approach to new spatial data types and making it more accessible to ordinary users, such as organizations in need of such data. Opinion on open-source vs proprietary data

Connect with us at

Visit our website

Find out how to support

Dec 07, 202246:32
Geospatial Data Version Control with Kart
Nov 29, 202238:54
Getting Started with Africa Geoportal
Oct 28, 202247:33
Volunteering to build your portfolio

Volunteering to build your portfolio

Building your portfolio as a geospatial professional is important, even more so are the experiences that make up the portfolio. In this episode we sat down to talk about volunteering as a way to improve your skills and build your portfolio.

We also explore the types a well as organizations that you can volunteer you geospatial skill to.

Below is a summary of the  benefits of volunteering covered in this episode;

a. Developing technical as well as soft skills

b. Gaining experience working with global teams

c. Confidence building (in your skills and abilities)

d. Working on projects you can showcase in your portfolio (seek permission before you can showcase them as your own)

e. Gain valuable real world/Industry experience.

f. Expanding your network

We also covered how to get started volunteering for the following organisations;

Some Organizations to volunteer with

a. UN Volunteers


c. GIS-E


f. YouthMappers


h. MapAction

i. MapRoulette

j. MapSwipe

k. Greenstand (Can volunteer as GIS Developer)

l. African Women in GIS

m. Women in Geospatial+

The skills you gain from volunteering could be invaluable; they could add up to your experience and might just be the ticket you need to land your next job. It could also tell recruiters that you are passionate about making a positive impact.

To suggest more geospatial volunteer opportunities and organization. Send us an email at or on Twitter.

Follow us on twitter @geospatialy

We are happy to connect with you on LinkedIn

Iniobong Benson  Opeyemi Kazeem-Jimoh

Aug 02, 202241:21
Spatialnode - A Portfolio Platform for Geospatial People

Spatialnode - A Portfolio Platform for Geospatial People

What tool is currently taking the geospatial world by storm, making it easier to get a comprehensive, sharable portfolio done in minutes. Well, its Spatial Node!

In this episode, your hosts Opeyemi and Iniobong, Speak with Spatial Node founder and CEO, Emmanuel Jolaiya on what it takes to create such an amazing tool.

The discussion revolved around

Emmanuel's Background The problem that birthed Spatial Node as the solution More features to look forward to on Spatial node in the coming months The role of open source in building the platform and the tools and technologies used And a little hint on how to build and maintain valuable partnerships to further your goals

Listen through for these and more in this awesome Mid-Year episode!

Some link from this episode

Emmanuel on Spatialnode

Emmanuel on Linkedin

Let's connect with on Linkedin

Geospatially Africa Podcast



Jul 04, 202248:06
Getting Started with OSGeoLive

Getting Started with OSGeoLive

OSGeoLive is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine based on Lubuntu, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around.

It provides pre-configured applications for a range of geospatial use cases, including storage, publishing, viewing, analysis and manipulation of data. It also contains sample datasets and documentation.

We spoke to Enoch about OSGeoLive and how to get started with it. He spoke at the State of the Map Africa conference on "Beyond mapping! Reusing OpenStreetMap Data and FOSS4G". This episode is the 2nd installment of the SOTM series and here Enoch dives deep to the discussion about OSGeoLive, his passion for Open Source and what he hopes to see in the future and the growth of Open Source software.

More info on OSGeoLive 

Contact OSGeo 

Connect with Enock Seth 


We're happy to connect

On LinkedIn


Jun 06, 202240:45
GIS In Business - AddisMap

GIS In Business - AddisMap

Using GIS in business is not a new concept, however, in this episode Opeyemi hosted Alazar Tekle, a GIS Analyst and Deputy Manger at AddisMap - an interactive City Guide of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to talk about how his team used Open Source geospatial data to help but businesses on the map. The AddisMap team leveraged the power of OpenStreetMap to create other powerful geospatial tools like YeneGuzo App (Public Transport Application based on OpenTripPlanner and Trufi), Route-to-Market (RTM) services, EDS (Every Dealer Survey) and Mobile Money Agents Mapping for Ethio-Telecom's TeleBirr service.

They are currently working on OpenPlaceGuide - a continent-wide iteration of AddisMap, which will serve as an open source business directory, based on the OpenStreetMap, and which the public can also contribute to it.

Alazar's talk at SoTM Africa
Don't forget to subscribe

Join our newsletter
May 03, 202240:30
Using Drones in Remote Sensing

Using Drones in Remote Sensing

Drones are becoming more available and are utilized for different operations, playing a big part in Remote Sensing efforts, including small and large scale mapping projects and they are also deployed for monitoring and disaster mapping, among other uses.

So, in this episode Opeyemi hosted Adeola Akinwale a GIS Project Manager at Asseco, and a Drone pilot who is working with her team in mapping Lagos, Nigeria using drones. She is also the founder of SheFlies - an initiative where she support ladies start their career in the drone industry. Listen in a hear about her journey and how the project she has worked on has shaped her career and why she start the "She Flies" community...

Useful Links

Lagos state SDI

SheFlies Community on LinkedIn

ADDA (Africa Drone and Data Academy)

Find us on

Twitter @geospatialy

LinkedIn @Geospatially Africa

Join our newsletter 

Mar 30, 202243:45
GIS for Energy Needs Assessment

GIS for Energy Needs Assessment

Ever wondered what GIS can do in the energy sector, from needs assessment to supply planning and distribution. With the world looking towards more sustainable supply and management of energy, in this episode, learn how GIS plays a part as Opeyemi had a chat with Akansha Saklani of the World Resources Institute (WRI). 

Akansha also introduces us to the Energy Access Explorer (EAE), an amazing open-source energy access tool that is powered entirely by GIS and open source data and technologies, and its launch in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

The platform use GDAL (Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) at its core, alongside Postgres Database and PostgRest for API call.

Useful Links

Energy Access Explorer

Methodology of the platform

#EAE #FOSS4G #SustainableEnergy #needsassesment #GDAL

Feb 28, 202235:35
The future is Geospatial
Jan 31, 202233:04
2021 in Review and Awards in the Geosphere

2021 in Review and Awards in the Geosphere

Wrapping up the year with this bonus episode, where Iniobong Benson discusses the podcast's highlights for the year from an episode about being a geospatial engineer, mentoring, to state of the map Africa conference, as well as #recognitionawards in the #geosphere . 

One interesting thing is the opportunity for our listener to learn from each guest and from the topic discussed. And for us the host the ability to constantly improve the quality of the podcast with the addition of each new episode. We truly appreciate the feedbacks we get from you the listeners and subscribers and for giving us the chance to be one of your favorite geospatial podcast.

Thank you all for making this a success for us!

Please use this form to give us some feedback

Some Episodes

Being a Geospatial Engineer Digital Mapping in the Humanitarian context with Janet Chapman (Crowd2Map) Mentoring and Volunteering in the geospatial industry Introductions Our Why and Some News! State of the Map Africa - bringing OSM communities in Africa together. Introducing the Digital Earth Africa platform Using Geospatial Technology in Geohazard mapping saves lives

Some Geospatial awards

Geospatial World Excellence Awards : The Geospatial World Awards are an internationally-acclaimed premium awards recognizing individuals and organizations behind remarkable innovations and ideas in the global geospatial industry. Initiated in 2007, the awards have recognized over 200+ individuals and organizations till date. (C2M 2020 winner under crowdsourcing)

Geospatial World  50 Rising Stars : The Geospatial World 50 Rising Stars is an initiative by Geospatial Media and Communications to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of young individuals who are proactive and passionate about the value of geospatial technology to the economy and society. In 2021, 50 profiles were selected out of 250 nominations. One of our guests Laura Mugeha was one of the winner in 2021. (Podcast Episode - Being a Geospatial Engineer)

Nominations for 2022 are open till Dec 31st 2021. Form  

OSGeo Sol Katz Award : Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software (GFOSS) is awarded annually by OSGeo. This award was won by Anita Graser in 2020.


Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award - ESRI: Awarded during ESRI User Conference and is usually awarded to organisations…not individuals.

Don't forget to subscribe!

Follow us on

LinkedIn * Twitter * LinkedIn

Connect with the hosts

Iniobong Benson ** Opeyemi Kazeem-Jimoh

Dec 31, 202113:29
Being a Geospatial Engineer

Being a Geospatial Engineer

On this episode, Opeyemi spoke with Laura Mugeha - a Geospatial engineer about what it takes to be a geosaptial engineer, her journey and advice for those looking to start out as geospatial engineers.

Laura is a Geospatial Engineer working in the intersection of open technology, open data, and development. She currently works with a social enterprise in Kenya to support teams in using data for good. Additionally, Laura is a YouthMappers regional ambassador where she supports chapters in East and Central Africa. In her free time, she volunteers with local open data and FOSS communities.

Laura on LinkedIn and Twitter

In the news

#GISDay 2021 was amazing

ADDA scholarship for African youths

PostGIS Day 2021 was held on 18th November. Youtube channel

State of the map happened 19th - 21st

HOT Summit was held on 22nd November

Don't forget to subscribe

Follow us on

LinkedIn * Twitter

Nov 23, 202145:51
Digital Mapping in the Humanitarian context with Janet Chapman (Crowd2Map)

Digital Mapping in the Humanitarian context with Janet Chapman (Crowd2Map)

Crowd2Map Tanzania is an entirely volunteer crowdsourced mapping project that has been mapping putting rural Tanzania on the OpenStreetMap since October 2015. They have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap with the help of volunteers worldwide and on the ground in Tanzania and have trained over 16,000 remote mappers from all over the world to map from satellite images and over 3000 field mappers to add their local knowledge to these base maps, mostly using the free smartphone app Maps.Me.

Opeyemi sat down with the Founder - Janet Chapman to talk about her journey and the impact of the project

Discussion points

Janet talks about herself and her journey Introduction to Tanzania Development Trust & Crowd2Map How Crowd2Map was started How Crowd2Map works. Digital champions, Weekly report cards & targets quiz, Remote mappers- Tasking managers GIS tools used and how they are used (On the field and remotely) How do you keep volunteers motivated? Discussion around some recent projects Crowd2Map has been involved with The impact it has had How people can get people involved (or become a part of the community) New projects coming underway. Partnership with NGOs outside Tanzania, East Africa towards the west? What Janet has learnt over the years in the course of her work.

Important Link!

Information about Tanzania Development Trust here

Information about Crowd2Map here

Join Crowd2Map Slack Channel here

Connect with Janet here

Or by email

Invitation to 6th birthday mapathon

Remember to Subscribe!

Follow us on Twitter @gspatially

Join us on LinkedIn

Sep 29, 202136:52
Mentoring and Volunteering in the geospatial industry

Mentoring and Volunteering in the geospatial industry

Everybody needs a mentor, whether you are just starting out in a new profession or you are an expert. Mentors are important not only for superior learning, but also to serve as unbiased guides in professional contexts. In this week's episode, Opeyemi speaks with geospatial talent Sharon Omoja - the Regional Coordinator for Women in Geospatial+ for Sub-Saharan Africa, - on Mentoring Volunteering and the Imposter Syndrome.

*Sharon talks about her personal experience and growth in the industry 

*She training with African Drone and Data    Academy

*Her role as a mentor at Women in  Geospatial+

*Why mentorship is important

*The imposter syndrome and how its one of the reason some women are not showcasing their work

*Her hopes for the future of the geospatial industry in Africa and globally.

In the news:

The third cohort of the Women in Geospatial+ Mentorship Program is open for application. Interested? Register here on or before the 19th of September.

Geosakhi (Regional Group of ASIA - an online learning platform & community for geospatial women enthusiasts) along with Women in Geospatial+ organized for the first time, an all-female instructors to deliver their lectures in various trending fields of GIS. The GIS Masterclass was held from 19th August - 24th August 2021 - Link 

QGIS Open Day with the theme QGIS Freestyle was held on 27th August. You can catch the recording on with this Link

Stay updated with subsequent open days here

FOSS4G conference registration is still open, you could register for the conference or grab the free workshop ticket here - Link

OSM Africa Monthly Mapathon - September Edition - Link

Follow us: 

Twitter @geospatialy


Aug 31, 202125:31
Introductions, Our Why and Some News!
Jul 30, 202139:50
State of the Map Africa - bringing OSM communities in Africa together.
Jun 30, 202140:20
Introducing the Digital Earth Africa platform

Introducing the Digital Earth Africa platform

Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) is an operational platform, which provides analysis ready data (satellite data) to address sustainable development challenges and support decision making in the 54 countries in Africa, moving beyond the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC). DE Africa platform can be accessed by anyone for free. Instead of download a lot of satellite images to your computer, DE Africa provides the where you can perform different analysis on the data (Landsat, Sentinel, DEM, etc) after which you can export the results to your computer.

 DE Africa has created the water observation from space (WOFS) for the whole continent. Working closely with the AfriGEO community, it will be responsive to the information needs, challenges and priorities of the African continent. DE Africa will leverage and build on existing capacity to enable the use of EO to address key challenges across the continent. 

DE Africa is currently developing the crop mask for the whole of Africa in support of food security and SDG 2 and the Geomad product. There are also resources that you use to learn and start using Digital Earth Africa for your projects.

Digital Earth Africa Links

DE Africa Website:

DE Africa Twitter here: @DEarthAfrica

DE Africa Training email:

DE Africa on linkedin:

Contact Dr Kenneth Mubea

Twitter @kenmubea and

LinkedIn Kenneth Mubea

Subscribe! here on any platform and don't forget to follow us on twitter @geospatialy

Send your feedbacks and suggestions on the podcast to, we would really love to hear from you.

To get alert of the latest episode, join the mail list here, thank you!


May 25, 202138:27
Using Geospatial Technology in Geohazard mapping saves lives
Apr 01, 202122:11