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Three volunteers selected for an Engineers without Borders project

The Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB) requested the assistance of GIS professionals for GIS data mining, conversion, analysis, and interactive mapping. Three volunteers have been recruited for this project and are in contact with EWB team. They are: Eric Grimison (Florida), Josh Shelton (Idaho), and Adam Radel (Utah).

21 Missions Coordinators have been recruited

We recently completed two rounds of recruitment for GISCorps Mission Coordinator position. The recruitment resulted in forming a team of 21 volunteers. These volunteers will be called upon when disasters strike and will help the Core Committee in recruiting and guiding the volunteers more efficiently. Read more here.

Four volunteers assisting in refugee crisis response

NetHope is a consortium of 41 of the leading humanitarian NGOs in the world, and focuses on providing Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) during humanitarian crises. They requested the assistance of a GISCorps Emergency Response Team with their response to the Syria/Mediterranean displacement crisis. A team of four volunteers were selected and are currently in contact with the NetHope team. Volunteers are: Beni Patel from The Woodlands, TX; Sean Bohac and Frank McDermott from San Diego, CA; and Andy Priest from Oakland, CA.

 Recruitment complete, work in progress

Developing story maps for Green World Campaign 

In September, the nonprofit organization, Green World Campaign - GWC, requested the assistance of GISCorps volunteers with ArcGIS Online (AGO) expertise. GWC has a bold mission: ReGreen the World in One Generation—for All the Generations to Come. It practices scalable holistic methods of reforestation, afforestation, and eco-agriculture to restore degraded land and help struggling rural communities attain self-sufficiency through low-carbon development pathways. The recruitment resulted in selection of Drew Ortego, a volunteer from Redlands, California. He is now in contact with GWC representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Volunteers geocoding 3,300 locations in Niger

The University of Georgia Information Technology Outreach Services () has requested the assistance of GISCorps volunteers for geocoding 3,300+ locations in Niger. Ten volunteers were selected for this project and will be working on this task for the next 2-3 months. The final dataset will become publicly available on Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX). 

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Volunteer assisting with a project in Laos

Lone Buffalo, a Laos based nonprofit organization has requested the remote assistance of a GISCorps volunteer. They required a volunteer to provide the technical expertise to work with the Map Your World platform to develop an effective and powerful map to present data on UXO Clearance. Rhys Donoghue a GIS professional from Brisbane, Australia was selected for this project and is now in contact with Lone Buffalo 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

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