The RSS Nigeria local group meeting on handling and analysing spatiotemporal data using ArcGIS and R softwares started at 10am on Wednesday, 3 April 2019.
The meeting sessions were divided into two. The first part of the meeting was handled by Dr Tolulope Osayomi from Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He explained extensively the introduction of spatial analysis concept, types and properties of spatial analysis, issues with spatial data and the techniques such as Nearest Neighbour Analysis, Global Moran’s Index I, Local Moran Index I, Local Getis Ord and Kriging (Ordinary and Inverse Distance Weight). Licensed ArcGIS software was installed for all participants for the practical / hands-on session.
The second aspect was handled by Dr GA Dawodu from Department of Statistics, College of Physical Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He also extensively used R software to demonstrate the spatiotemporal analysis concept.
66 participants attended the meeting, from 209 that indicated interest from various organisations and institutions such as the Ministry of Finance, State Bureau of Statistics, Universities, Polytechnics, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), etc, excluding the speakers and their assistants.
All participants took part with great enthusiasm to acquire more knowledge in that direction. The comments from all a sundry were satisfactory. They only advised that RSS-NLG should not relent on their passion in driving the group forward.
The RSS Nigeria local group meeting was held in collaboration with Department of statistics, College of Physical Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.