Social Hydrological Information Platform (SHIP)

CETRAD Social and Hydrological Information Platform (SHIP) was launched on Tuesday 15 December, 2015 at the Utalii Hotel in Nairobi. The occasion was graced by the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Mr. David Jakaiti who was representing the Principal Secretary Mr. Fred Sigor and Dr. Boniface Kiteme, Director CETRAD.The occasion was also attended by various stakeholders including WRMA, ENNDA, WSTF, KEFRI, ILRI, UON, LWF, Rural Focus and other stake holders from diverse sectors of research and development in the country.

The SHIP was developed under the auspices of Water and Land Resources Centre project (WLRC) through the funding of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GoK through the ministry of Water and Irrigation. The SHIP is a revolutionary cloud based online application with service modules including; Data and Map service, Geo-Spatial Repository, Document Repository, Learning platform and a User guide. This development will facilitate easy and efficient access to up to date data, information and knowledge on water and land resources generated by CETRAD and partners over the last 25 years.

The data and map server provides time series data on rainfall, evaporation, weather, river flow and land. It also Connects Monitoring Sites with other partners data, provides online access of social and Hydrological data and also tabular & geo-spatial data.  The geo-spatial repository provides GIS metadata and data including vector and raster data with associated reports and ready to use PDFs. On the other hand, the document repository contains state of the art online document metadata and data (Dspace) for reference on water and land governance, water and land resource information, PhD and Masters Thesis from different Universities, locally and abroad and studies carried out by different researchers both from within the region and abroad.

Last but not least it has a learning platform that contains structured courses, learning objects and exercises for peer to peer learning and collaboration to supplement SHIP database and tools. It also provides a platform for engagement and collaboration between partners and other users.
Stakeholders and other SHIP users are encouraged to bring forward any new ideas that can help to improve its content and usage. We are currently working on some of the suggestions which include having a ‘Users Guide’ to be incorporated as one of the modules within the SHIP. We are also working on ways to ensure that any content uploaded for use by users on the SHIP passes the integrity test in order to address the issue of credibility.

The SHIP is currently available to general public at (http://wlrc-ken.org). Contact CETRAD head office for more details on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +254 725 348449.