I took the GIS Service Pledge so that I would be prepared to support the GISCorps Core Committee as well as GISCorps partners and volunteers. Having a personal use license not only gave me access to software and data, but also training and resources that I needed to be able to evaluate partner needs, assess volunteer skills, and contribute in a constructive way to mission planning discussions. These resources also enabled me to contribute new applications and workflows to streamline operations within GISCorps and to communicate data and stories related to GISCorps volunteer contributions and partner accomplishments.
During the course of this year, I used Esri software to build or contribute to a variety of applications, including the GISCorps 2019 Year-in-Review story map, the GISCorps Mission Statistics dashboard, the GIS Service Pledge dashboard, the GISCorps Participation in HOT Campaigns dashboard, and various maps and apps used in disaster response missions conducted under GISCorps’ partnership with the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation (NAPSG). While I did most of this work in AGO organizations belonging to GISCorps and NAPSG, having my own license to use as a sandbox environment and to access training, webinars, and other resources was extremely helpful.