Google: The Nile Basin Spatial Text Library
software was developed for the NBI library which now allows
storage and retrieval of documents in a spatial context.
This library system answers the need of linking narrative
information to spatial geographic references. As such it
enables a new way of handling and integrating natural language
information in the form of text and in conjunction with
other qualitative and quantitative spatial data sources.
system facilitates working with spatial text. Spatial text
in the NBI library involves all documents that describe
localized conditions. These localized conditions are identified
by place names applied throughout the text to describe specific
system is geared with a digital gazetteer for the Nile Basin
area and contains more than 100.000 geographic names. In
the GIS system the user can pick any geographic area and
get access to relevant text references through a key word
box. A build in full text search engine is applied to bring
forward all documents of interest within the user selected
the system has high potential both for experts and general
users it was designed to effectively explore different geographical
settings and rapidly find existing thematic reports for
these locations. Given the broader user community it was
developed for it works with commonly available softwares
and formats as ArcView, MsAccess, PDF and HTML.
library system is currently installed as a stand alone version
at the NileSec library in Entebbe. It awaits the compilation
of the document database and a network installation for
library visitors. Training materials and events will be
developed and executed over the second half of 2006.