|Partnership with GSDI Association|
Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Small Grants ProgramAs stated in its website, the GSDI Association is an inclusive organization of organizations, agencies, firms, and individuals from around the world. The purpose of the organization is to promote international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic, and environmental issues of pressing importance.
Among its goals, GSDI supports the establishment and expansion of local, national, and regional spatial data infrastructures that are globally compatible and supports interdisciplinary training, education and research activities that advance spatial data infrastructure development. Both internal and external funds are used to support projects and programs that further these goals.
Since 2005 GISCorps has collaborated with the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) in its Small Grants Program. In that year, Juna Papajorgji, a
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.
South Africa & Nigeria Projects
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. Both projects have taken much longer than anticipated and therefore, are moved out of active project page.
The 2010/2011 application deadline was October 31, 2011 and the review of 2011/2012 projects resulted in multiple recruitments . At toal of 8 volunteers were recruited for seven projects in
The 2010/2011 application deadline was October 31, 2010. As a result, approximately 40 applications are under review and it is expected that between 14 and 18 awards will be given to organizations in emerging nations to help with developing SDI’s and to encourage collaboration and additional funding. Several applicants will be invited to apply for GISCorps volunteers.
2008/2009 ProjectsIn 2008/2009 cycle, the GSDI and
In 2005/2006 cycle, 71 grant proposals from over 50 countries were received and reviewed by the review team. Six of those projects qualified for receiving