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Geo-Referencing & Cleansing Election Database - Chad

Information Management and Mine Action Program (iMMAP) is assisting the Chadian Independent Electoral Commission (CENA) in Chad. The goals of this project are to geo-reference +/-10,000 polling stations for the entire country and then add attribute data such as type of polling station, mobile network operator available, accessibility, and time to reach from the sub-district center to that dataset. This dataset will be used for the preparation of the upcoming legislative elections due in September 2010. They need a GISCorps volunteer with expertise in ArcGIS Desktop and Excel spreadsheets to assist them with this project. The search resulted in selection of Guy Maurice from Belgium who is now in direct contact with iMMAP representatives.

Recruitment complete, work in progress...

Nine volunteers are deployed to a project in Albania

This project is commissioned by Free Libre Open Source Software Kosovo (FLOSSK), a non-profit organization in Kosovo. FLOSSK requested the assistance of GISCorps volunteers in creating an accurate base map for a region in northwest of Albania known as Shkoder. This region was struck by flood in January 2010. The base map will include road network (on Open Street Map OSM interface), damaged buildings, flooded areas and various imagery datasets. Nine volunteers have been recruited for this project. One of the volunteers, Miguel Morgado from the UK, is the Project Manager and eight other volunteers are: Michele Morettini and Massimiliano Rossi from Italy, Takeo Shibata, Andrew Ross, Janet Vaughn, Adebayo Adepegba fromthe US, Doug Brown, from Mexico, and Kerice Masters from Jamaica. Read more here.

Recruitment complete, work is progress

Assisting an NGO (ICOMOS) to preserve historic structures in Haiti

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. They are interested in identifying historic structures in Haiti and also assessing damages to those structures in hopes of helping the Haitians and Haitian government to preserve the important structures. They are now working with Pictometry's donated imagery using their Pictometry OnLine (POL) application. The oblique data is of particular value for this particular disaster because of difficult situation on the ground, and the lack of prior inventories and identification of resources. Six volunteers are currently working on this project and several are currently in Haiti. Read more here.

Recruitment complete, work is progress

GISCorps volunteer deployed to UN-SPIDER/UNOOSA project in Haiti

In January 2010, a request for ArcGIS Server specialists came to GISCorps from the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as implementing Office for the UN Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). The search resulted in the selection of  Chris Markuson from Pueblo, Colorado. He is now in direct contact with UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER representatives.
Directions Magazine recently interviewed Chris Markuson; to hear the interview, click here.   

Recruitment complete, work is progress

Establishing a Metadata Clearing House Node in Nigeria

The Geographical Resources for Development Centre (GRDC), a non profit organization in Nigeria, requested one volunteer to assist in setting up a metadata clearinghouse. Alison Fischer of British Columbia was recruited for this mission in January 2010 and has since selected appropriate clearinghouse software and has enlisted the aid of a service provider, GeoCat, to host and maintain the clearinghouse. Read more here.
Recruitment complete, work is progress

Providing ArcGIS Server support to a non profit organization in New Orleans, LA 

In October 2009, Michelle Thompson, A professor at the University of New Orleans Department of Planning & Urban Studies (UNO-PLUS) contacted GISCorps and sought the assistance of an ArcGIS Server Programmer for the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS); a non profit organization in New Orleans, Louisiana. NHS was interested in creating a dynamic web site to share their data and build surveying capacity in other neighborhoods. Following a thorough search Rafael Ferraro, a GIS Programmer with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) in Virginia was selected for this project and is now working with a team of experts from NHS and UNO-PLUS. Read more here.

Recruitment complete, work is progress

Mission with  iMMAP/WFP  - North Korea

20 GISCorps volunteers were recently recruited for a project in North Korea. The 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. Read more  here.

Recruitment complete, work is progress

Mission with South Luangwa Conservation Society - Zambia

In March 2009, GISCorps received a request from South Luangwa Conservation Society, a NGO in Mfuwe, Zambia, for a GIS Specialist to analyze their historic data and conduct trend analysis and also assist the NGO with their GIS needs on an ongoing basis. The recruitment resulted in deploying Lisa Matthies, a GIS and Geography Instructor at Erie Community College in Williamsville, NY. She has been supporting SLCS in both capacities; analysis of their historic data as well as providing ongoing GIS support.  Recently, another volunteer, Ember Crouch, a GIS Specialist with Urban Mapping Inc. in California joined the team to assist in developing a better base map for the project. Read more here.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Mission with Ministry of Tourism Mozambique

In March 2009, a request for a remote sensing specialist came to GISCorps. The Ministry of Tourism has several Quick Bird imageries of Chimanimani National Reserve from 2005 and 2008 and is interested in having the volunteer conduct a change detection to identify changes in land use pattern. This is expected to help the reserve management team to locate the areas where more attention is required to control illegal activities currently occurring in the Reserve (e.g. gold panning). Stephanie Lassieur, a remote sensing specialist with the NATO Command Control Consulting Agency in the Hague (Netherlands) has been recruited for this mission. She has provided preliminary results to the Ministry staff. Upon their feedback, she will conduct a full analysis.

Recruitment complete, work in progress

Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Small Grants Program's 2009-2010 Projects 

first participated in the review of 2005/2006 Small Grants projects in 2005 and most recently has participated in the 2009/2010 projects. The team has reviewed over 25 applications. The announcement of awards is expected soon and we are investigating the potential role of GISCorps volunteers for a dozen of those proposals. The 2009/2010 efforts are currently spearheaded by Mark Salling, a GISCorps Core Committee member. Read about previous projects here.

Recruitment upcoming