Collection management

About the GeoCatalogue

Find and visualize in a few clicks the collection of data and maps of the RMCA and its African partners

The RMCA GeoCatalogue was developed within the framework of the GeoKivu project (2016-2018), funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD).This project aimed at enriching regional and local knowledge in the fields of earth sciences and geography by enhancing the documentary archives of partner institutions in Central Africa, as well as the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA).  It was then extended to all available geodata without thematic restriction.

Today, the GeoCatalogue presents the metadata of more than 20,000 documents belonging to the collections of the RMCA, the Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles de Lwiro (CRSN), the Institut Géographique du Congo (IGC), the Université Officielle de Bukavu (UOB), the Musée Géologique de Bukavu, and the Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de Bukavu (ISP).

Objectives :

  •     Facilitate the access to the collections
  •     Protecting and enhancing the scientific heritage
  •     Strengthen the visibility of partner institutions in the DRC and promote interaction with users
  •     Harmonize and standardize inventories

The encoding of new metadata is ongoing and continues to enrich the GeoCatalogue on a regular basis. It is possible to access document metadata through multi-criteria searches. These searches provide contact information for the host institution that can be directly consulted to request access to the documents sought. For more information, visit the RMCA geocatalogue!


About the Citizen Observer Data Web-GIS

Since 2019, a network of citizen observers (CO), located in the Kivu region (eastern DRC), have been monitoring natural hazards and associated disasters as part of the HARISSA project (2019-2023). Using tablets, they collect information on earthquakes, floods, hailstorms, landslides, lightning and windstorms. The collected data (description, images, location of hazards and potential damage) is then transmitted to an online platform and analyzed by the CO supervisor who produces regular reports presenting the status of natural hazards and related disasters in their region.

From these data collected by the CBOs involved in the HARISSA project, a web-GIS, accessible here, has been developed to give an overview of the distribution of events. 


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