The following systems are available directly on-line to subscribers and stakeholders of SWALIM information. Some of these systems require that you have a user account set up. Please contact the site administrator or the SWALIM Information Management Unit about establishing an account and getting access.
The Water Sources Live Map is a web application that has features for both data management and data visualization through the internet. Agencies that manage water information can now use the live map to collect, update, and disseminate water sources data while other information users will be able to use the live map to visualize the data as well as “export” it for a variety of uses outside the live map. The live map has dramatically improved how water source information is managed in Somalia, where point water sources are the primary source of water. Through the live map, water sources information is accessible from any location, as long as there is internet connectivity. The published data is be available to all users in UN agencies, NGOs and private sector users..
Many UN agencies, NGOs, government ministries and others need access to maps and spatial datasets for their day to day work. Maps in particular are effective communication tools for decision makers in need of quick, reliable and user-friendly products to plan and monitor their activities. Although these datasets exist, it is difficult to know where to find them and when accessed, they are usually not well-documented for effective use. To address this problem, SWALIM has set up a spatial data catalogue based on the FAO Geo-Network software. The catalogue provides access to a large database of spatial data and maps with complete documentation. GeoNetwork also provides access to a huge volume of spatial data from different organizations (who have also deployed the software) and also provides a web-based interactive map viewer that allows people to composite maps, picking layers from different servers on the internet.
In the recent past, users of SWALIM information had to either visit the project offices, use data DVDs or access numerous online and offline applications to access the large water and land resources databases created by the project over the last seven years – not an easy thing for many users. The recently launched platform , now allows access to the entire SWALIM water and land resources database in one place. Using one simple application, users are able to access records stored in many different datasets. The gigabytes of data in our applications, website and DVDs have been aggregated
into this well structured, optimized and easy to use application which can be accessed from any location with an internet connection. Where internet connectivity is limited, for example within the government ministries in Somalia, SDDR will be available offline. As new data is generated daily, the offline installation will be updated every three months.
The data in SDDR is organized in five content areas: (1) Water data, (2) Land data, (3) Spatial data, (4) Publications and (5) SWALIM applications. Water data includes among others, data daily weather, river levels and water sources data. The land data includes a large soil database with complete soil fertility analysis, land cover, land use, and land degradation, among others . The spatial data includes a large set of high quality ESRI shape files that can be used in geographic information systems.
The lower reaches of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers frequently experience devastating floods during the rainy seasons. For effective response that saves live and property, timely data is needed on the current flood situation, areas affected and availability of emargency kits and other materials. SWALIM developed a Flood Risk and Response Information portal, to support the work of the Somalia Interagency Flood Working Group. The information available includes information on:
- historical floods
- river levels
- flooded areas
- road conditions and estimation of populations under fl ood
- response management showing contact information for cluster leads
The system’s value and importance relies on information provided by partners. The system is expected to evolve with time to include more strategic information on logistics.Land and Water resources intervention