Ethiopian Maps Digitalized

The Ethiopian Mapping Agency has fully digitized its mapping and documentation system. The system cost 13 million Br. The system will digitalize copies of maps that have been physically stored at the agency and will reduce storage space, and help ease distribution and data processing.

The digitalization process began five years ago and was completed in late 2016. The process began operations as soon as it was finished.

“Mapping is not a one-time work process,” said Mebrate Samuel, the remote sensing and GIS department director. “It requires updating with the changing trends of technology and nature.”

The digitization was carried out by 40 permanent and 20 temporary employees.

”The whole agency would not be enough to store the analog maps that have been prepared since the beginning of mapping in Ethiopia,” Mebrate said. “Without digitalization, the maps would become damaged through lack of care.”

The maps will eventually be available for access online. It will also enable better communication between government offices and departments.


Published on Jan 10,2017 [ Vol 17 ,No 871]



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