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GISCorps Team is assisting NetHope with their West Africa Ebola Outbreak Mission

NetHope requested the assistance of GISCorps to support their West Africa Ebola Response activities. Volunteers are assisting with locating information and communication technology needs in Ebola affected regions of West Africa, currently Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The data and derivatives are being created for internal use as well as to share back to their participating NGOs and the greater humanitarian community. Five volunteers have been recruited for the project. They are: DeAnna Hohnhosrt, Elizabeth Dow, Katie Mayr, Melodie Grubbs, and Carol Kraemer, the project coordinator.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

GISCorps crowdsource project documents coastal changes due to Hurricane Sandy

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) asked GISCorps for a group of volunteers to take part in a pilot study for the crowdsource project called “iCoast - Did the Coast Change?” This web application asks volunteers to identify changes to the coast by comparing and tagging aerial photographs taken before and after storms. This data will help USGS scientists improve the accuracy of USGS coastal change prediction models and vulnerability assessments that support pre-storm planning and post-storm rescue, recovery, and mitigation efforts.  Volunteers will classify photos taken before and after Hurricane Sandy using the tools built into the iCoast website.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

A team of 15 volunteers digitizing features in Malawi

The Southern parts of Malawi along the Lower Shire river (that connects Lake Malawi and Zambezi River in Mozambique) are frequently flooded and affects the villages of farmers around. The national Department of Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi - DoDMA and GFDRR agreed about the necessity to have detailed data of the region, through a community mapping in the field that could be used to build hazard impact scenarios with tools like InaSafe in order to improve the planning, preparedness and response activities. Therefore, 15 GISCorps volunteers joined the project and started digitizing and cleansing the mapping already done in the region. The project is in partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT), and Department of Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi - DoDMA GFDRR.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Remote Sensing Specialist working on Mimika Land Rights Project in West Papua

Mimika Land Rights is a project of Forensic Architecture and Goldsmiths University. They requested the assistance of a Remote Sensing Specialist for selecting, processing, and analyzing remotely sensed data. The recruitment resulted in selecting Mike Alonzo, a PhD student at University of Santa Barbara. He is now in contact with the partner agency.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Two GISCorps volunteers will be teaching GIS & Remote Sensing in Uganda

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources at Kabale University (KAB) in south western Uganda requested GISCorps volunteer(s) to teach GIS/Remote Sensing to their faculty members. KAB intends to establish a GIS centre including training departmental staff in aspects of GIS/Remote sensing with specific focus on: Database management systems, ArcGIS, open source GIS such as QGIS, ENVI and any other programs that may be relevant to successful implementation of the GIS centre. Two volunteers were selected for this project and will be in Uganda from March to May 2015. They are Joey Abrams, a Senior Systems Analyst with the SI Organization in Virginia and Adam McKay, a Data Analyst with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Toronto, Canada.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Two volunteers assisting a GSDI project in Ecuador

Daniel Mihalov, a GIS Technician from Illinois and Santiago Gonzalez Arriola, a GIS Analyst from Montréal, Canada are assisting researchers at the University of Cuenca and the University of Azuay in Ecuador, the University of Republic in Uruguay, and the Bogotá Spatial Data Infrastructure (IDECA) in Colombia in their study of the implementation of recent SDI trends in the Latin American region. These institutions are supported by the PanAmerican Institute for Geography and History (PAIGH) and they applied to the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) for volunteer assistance from GISCorps. The research includes identification of indicators, specifications, and best practices in other SDI efforts around the world that allow assessing the impact of the SDI trends in Latin American Society.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Volunteer developing map products for NACHHO

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) – naccho.org –was in need of GIS services related to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. The outbreak has implications for local health departments and the communities they serve throughout the continental U.S. As part of NACCHO’s support for local health departments, they requested several related mapping products. Ian Dunn, a Software Specialist with the City of Perrysburg in Ohio was recruited for this project and has been working with NACHHO representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Five volunteers giving GISCorps website a facelift!

GISCorps website was designed a number of years ago and is in need of a facelift. Carol Kraemer, one of our Core Committee members took responsibility to assemble a team of volunteers to migrate the website from Joomla to Word Press. In order to make that a reality, she recruited four other volunteers who have started the initial conversations. They are: Tommy Burke, Eric Peña, Paul Hoeffler, and Eric Stoycon.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

GISCorps volunteers supporting Search & Rescue team in Alaska

The Alaska Incident Management Team Search and Rescue (AIMT-SAR) requested the assistance of Alaska based GIS Specialists who are interested and willing to provide their services to the AIMT. Two volunteer responded to the call. They are: Tricia Littlejohn and Robert Mikol. They are in contact with AIMT representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress 

Volunteer advises in creation of a Geodatabase

Trailside Museums, through the Palisades Park Conservancy and itself a facility of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) has requested the assistance of a GISCorps volunteer to advise them on best practices on developing a well-designed Geo Database. The recruitment resulted in selection of Lucy Gill, a graduate student from Columbia University. She is now in contact with organization’s representative.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

GSDI projects in South Africa and Nigeria

The request for volunteers came from South Africa (Endangered Wildlife Trust) and Nigeria (Geographical Resources for Development Centre). These are both GSDI projects and are either interested in developing a metadata Geo Portal (South Africa) or, already have one and would like to enhance it further (Nigeria). Two volunteers were selected, Karl Tiller, a Technical Advisor in the GIS Centre of Makerere University, funded by Horizont3000 as the Project Manager who is working on South Africa project and Brylie Oxley from US who is working on Nigerian project.

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 2014 Projects 

GISCorps has collaborated with the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) in its Small Grants Program since 2005. This year (2014) GSDI was funded by the Canadian government to provide grants of up to $2,500 to four programs that support “local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance”. Applicants can also request GISCorps volunteer assistance. Thirty-nine applications were received. Assistance from GISCorps was specifically requested in eight applications and another four were identified as possibly able to use GISCorps assistance. At this writing all twelve applicants have been contacted and we are awaiting further clarifications about their projects and staffing needs.
Read about previous GSDI projects here.

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