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Two Volunteers are recruited for a project in Afghanistan

This project is commissioned by Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in Marietta, GA.  SPSU has been awarded a grant to establish a GIS program that includes furnishing two GIS labs and training the faculty at Kabul Polytechnic University. They asked the assistance of seasoned GIS educators to travel to Kabul for two weeks. Recruitment resulted in selection of two volunteers: Heath Robinson, an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Stéphane Henriod, the head of GEOSTAT, Swiss Federal Statistical Office in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. They will travel to Kabul in August 2014.

Recruitment complete, work in progress 

GISCorps volunteers digitizing in Open Street Map (OSM) - South Sudan, (Phase 2 has begun)

18 GISCorps volunteers from 8 countries have begun digitizing various features and landmarks in Open Street Map (OSM) environment in areas of South Sudan that are largely unmapped or poorly mapped. This effort is in collaboration with the Humanitarian OSM Team  (HOT). Volunteers are: Sheraz Ahsan (Pakistan), Ian Cable (Canada), Aly DeGraff (USA), Elizabeth Ducey (USA), Geraldine Eggermont (Belgium), George Haskett (USA), Tim Hohn (USA), Shamira Ishmael (Canada), David Litke (USA), Heather Milton (USA), Jirka Panek (Czech Republic), Jared Pilbeam (USA), Snead Prasad (Canada), Oula Seitsonen (Finland), Laxman Sharma (India), Suthakaran Sundaralingam (Sri Lanka), Shibata Takeo (Canada), Leslie Zolman (USA), and Ryan Taylor (Canada, phase two). Phase two has begun and 15 of the 18 volunteers chose to stay on and assist further.

Recruitment complete, work in progress 

Volunteer customizes a web map for the 1947 Partition Archive Project

The 1947 Partition Archive Project, a US based nonprofit organization has requested the assistance of a volunteer with expertise in further customizing a map of their Partition stories. The recruitment resulted in selection of Jason Lampel, a GISCorps volunteer from Michigan. Jason is now in contact with the Partition Archive Project representative.

Recruitment complete, work in progress 

Volunteer assists a project in Uganda

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and and Makerere University in Uganda requested the assistance of a GISCorps volunteer. CDC in Uganda is funding a survey, called the Crane Survey.  It mainly focuses on bio-behavioral surveys among high risk groups. GIS datasets of those who have been surveyed are created and they are interested in exploiting these data points by producing parish level maps of Kampala showing likely geographical concentrations of high risk individuals and use the outcome for outreach services. The interest is in both dynamic and static map products. Following recruitment, Steve Borders, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan was selected and he is now in contact with project representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

A Story Map for Young Voices on Climate Change 

Young Voices on Climate Change (YVCC), a US based non-profit organization requested the assistance of a GISCorps volunteer for developing a Story Map. The Story Map will be developed in ArcGIS Online and will be an interactive map of youth worldwide reducing CO2 emissions and taking action on climate change. The recruitment resulted in deploying Pamela Bond, a GIS Specialist with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She is now in contact with YVCC’s founder, Lynne Cherry.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

GIS Specialist assisting a nonprofit charity in Missouri

A non profit organization, the Catholic Charities of Missouri (CCM), requested assistance to map its assets and other critical facilities statewide, with higher priority given to areas in the New Madrid fault zone. Following the recruitment, Buster Schrage a GIS professional from Missouri was selected and he is now in contact with CCM representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

A new volunteer is recruited for ICGC project

GISCorps had assisted ICGC in the past. This time they asked for a volunteer with ArcGIS Online expertise and one that can lead a larger group of volunteers. Kenny Lohr, a GIS professional from Florida was recruited for this projects and is now in contact with ICGC team.

Recuitment complete, work in progress  

GISCorps volunteer assists a US based Non-profit organization

The World Federation For Coral Reef Conservation, a US non-profit organization requested the assistance of a database and geo-portal design specialist to develop a geo-portal using ArcGIS Online for Organization (AGOL). The platform will be used for education, for citizen scientists and researchers alike to view and publish the most recent data on a particular reef, coastal/marine events, and management of disaster relief coordination services. James Osundwa has been selected and is now in contact with WFCRF team. James is a GIS Officer with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). James is from Nairobi, Kenya.

Recruitment complete, work in progress 

Second GISCorps volunteer recruited for AllHands mission

In late 2012, we recruited Max Silin, a GISCorps volunteer from Toronto, Canada to assist AllHands, a US based non profit organization with their database design needs. AllHands provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. Max has been working with AllHands team in the last few weeks and after conducting a needs assessment, it was determined that the assistance of another volunteer with expertise in PHP and MySQL was needed. The second recruitment resulted in deploying Takeo Shibata, a GIS specialist from California. Takeo is now in contact with Max and the AllHands team.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

A cadastral mapping specialist is recruited for a GSDI project in Uzbekistan

The National Centre of Geodesy and Cartography (NCGC) in Uzbekistan has requested the assistance of a GIS professional via the GSDI Small Grant Program. NCGC is in the process of designing and implementing activities related to GIS strategic planning and capacity development. As part of this project, a number of land record management related papers/studies have been developed and the GISCorps volunteer’s task will include reviewing these documents and making recommendations. The search for a seasoned volunteer in cadastral mapping resulted in recruiting Dr. Nancy Von Meyer, the vice president of Fairview Industries. Nancy is a GIS leader in the area of land record management and the recipient of URISA’s Horwood Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Dr. Von Meyer is currently in contact with the NCGC team.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Three more GSDI projects are launched in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Nigeria

The request for volunteers came from Zimbabwe (Savetech Solutions), South Africa (Endangered Wildlife Trust), and Nigeria (Geographical Resources for Development Centre). These are all GSDI projects and are either interested in developing a metadata Geo Portal (Zimbabwe and South Africa) or, already have one and would like to enhance it further (Nigeria). Due to similarities between these projects (all interested in an Open Source solution), we decided to form a team of four volunteers and provide assistance to them in a collaborative manner.

Following a thorough search, four volunteers were selected and we chose Karl Tiller, a Technical Advisor in the GIS Centre of Makerere University, funded by Horizont3000 as the Project Manager. The other three GIS Specialists are from: US (Brylie Oxley), Pakistan (Asmat Ali), and California (Chris Nicholas). Karl has created a wiki site and the team has been collaborating via that site.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Mission with iMMAP/WFP - North Korea

The project is progressing wonderfully and more map sheets are digitized by the volunteers. The original request for volunteers came from the World Food Program (WFP) and Information Management and Mining Action Program (iMMAP). Volunteers are charged with the task of digitizing 400 map sheets and will create several data layers such as: settlement points, transportation (roads, foot path, and railroads), rivers and lakes. To see the latest status map and read more about this project, click here.

Recruitment complete, work is progress

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Small Grants Program's 2011-2012 Projects

The review of 2011/2012 projects resulted in multiple recruitments and they are currently at varying stages. We placeed a number of volunteers in this year's projects in several countries including Russia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Uzbekistan. Read about previous GSDI projects here

Ongoing projects and deployments