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Volunteers digitzing in OSM for flood in Sri Lanka

Since the beginning of the week of May 15th, large areas of Sri Lanka have been deluged by torrential rains caused by a slow moving tropical depression in the bay of Bengal which has brought flash flood and land slides to 22 of country's 26 districts. GISCorps volunteers joined many other volunteers in Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) digitizing buildings and roads in the affected areas. Read more here.

Recruitment complete, work in progress  

Volunteers developing a workflow for importing data into OSM - Burundi

At the request of the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN), two volunteers were selected for developing a standardized workflow for importing GIS data into OSM. Volunteers are Sami Snunu from Alberta and Troy Wirth from Oregon. They are currently in contact with DHN and OSM teams.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Ten volunteers assisting in data collection for Burundi

The Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a United Nations agency coordinating humanitarian action, has requested the assistance of GISCorps volunteers with data identification and data cleaning experience. Ten volunteers have been selected and are now in contact with UNOCHA team.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Volunteers assisting in developing a prototype - Fiji

GISCorps identified volunteers to contribute toward a map dashboard prototype, accessible by key decision makers before, during, and after crises (i.e., TC Winston in Fiji). The dashboard amalgamates pertinent information from numerous organizations: UNOSAT, University of Tilburg, Decision Makers and Coordinated Data Scramble Communities Of Interest (COI) of the Digital Humanitarian Network. Two volunteers, Jane Desbarats and Joel Irish, analyzed 54 OHCA and ReliefWeb maps to facilitate geodata exchange through the dashboard.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Volunteer assisting in data conversion and interactive map development

The MIA Recovery Network (MRN), requested the assistance of a GIS professional for conversion/join of MS Access data schema to a GIS layer to be loaded in ArcGIS Online. Recruitment resulted in selection of Renato Salvaleon, a volunteer from Georgia. Renato is in contact with MRN representative.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

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

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