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Geographical information systems for Yemen

Dr Paul Densham advises National Information Center on the feasibility of GIS applications

Geographical information systems for Yemen

On 29 January, Paul Densham returned from his latest visit to Yemen where he has been working on a project for the National Information Center, based in the capital, Sana'a. With two consultancy companies, Consultancy Solutions Limited (Stroud, UK) and GISCON Solutions (Kamen, Germany), he has been carrying out feasibility studies into the establishment at the Center of a Decision-making support Information Unit (DSIU) and a Geographical Information Systems Unit (GISU).

The work began in May 2008, when Paul presented on Decision Support Systems (DSSs) and Spatial Decision Support Systems (SDSSs) during an awareness seminar. He then spent two weeks in July-August undertaking interviews with the President's Office, the Parliament, the Shoura Council and government ministries and agencies, NGOs and the private sector, to determine the availability and current uses of data, and the needs for such systems. The latest visit was to present two reports to the Center on the results of these interviews and a parallel web-based survey.


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