New & Ongoing Projects

Volunteers digitizing rooftops in villages of India

Sustainable Innovations (SI), a US based nonprofit organization requested GIS assistance in late 2016. SI harvests rooftop rainwater to provide safe drinking water to rural communities in India. Currently, SI collects 15 million liters of rainwater annually and provides safe drinking water to 10,000 people. They are expanding their program, called Aakash Ganga or River from the Sky, to bring water to 250,000 people. The recruitment for the pilot project resulted in selecting Brynn Lacabanne and Sonal Raisinghani. They have been working on a pilot project that consists of two villages. The work is ongoing, however, SI has already published a blog about their efforts. This project is managed by German Whitley of GISCorps Core Committee.

Recruitment complete, project in progress  

GISCorps volunteer conducting GIS Needs Assessment in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s National Forestry Financing Fund requested a GISCorps volunteer with expertise in conducting GIS Needs Assessment and providing recommendations for upgrading the geospatial information management system of Costa Rica’s National Forestry Financing Fund. The recruitment resulted in selection of Dick Kotapish, a GIS professional from Ohio. He will be heading to Costa Rica in March 2017.

Recruitment complete, project in progress 

The Good Seed Community Development Corp. in need of GIS assistance

The request for volunteers is from The Good Seed Community Development Corporation (Good Seed CDC) and SPA 6 Homeless Coalition. The purpose of the collaboration with GISCorps is to create a web app where community stakeholders can inform a homeless outreach team of a homeless individual, family, veteran or youth in need of support and engagement. Carmen Azquierdo (Spain) has been recruited for this project and is in contact with Good Seed team. German Whitley of GISCorps’ ArcGIS Online (AGO) team is assisting with this project.

Recruitment complete, project in progress  

Worldwide Fund for Nature-South Africa (WWF-SA) in need of GIS assistance

Worldwide Fund (WWF) for Nature is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost 6 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF - South Africa requested assistance from GISCorps volunteers in developing interactive ArcGIS Online based story maps. Shruthi Srinivasan (TX), has been recruited for this project and is now in contact with the WWF team. Leslie Zolman of GISCorps’ ArcGIS Online (AGO) team is assisting with this project.

Recruitment complete, project in progress  

A US based nonprofit needs GIS volunteers for conducting blight analysis

The request for volunteers is from Community Solutions (CS). CS’s neighborhood partnerships in Brownsville, Brooklyn (NY) and North Hartford, CT address two communities of concentrated, intergenerational poverty. Six volunteers from US and Canada were recruited for this project and have been in contact with Community Solutions’ representatives. Jeff Pires of GISCorps’ ArcGIS Online (AGO) team is assisting with this project.

Recruitment complete, project in progress 

Two volunteers assisting Feeding America - Riverside/San Bernardino Branch

Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino, a US based non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger in the Inland Empire in California, requested the assistance of GIS volunteers for data collection and developing web maps and story maps. Two volunteers were recruited. They are: Jason Harshman and Marc Guidry both from California. Brian Baldwin of GISCorps’ ArcGIS Online (AGO) team is assisting with this project.

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, project is on hold