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GISCorps volunteers providing assistance to Humanity Road

In December 2014, Humanity Road, a US based nonprofit organization, requested the assistance of GISCorps to support their Typhoon Hagupit response activities. Following the recruitment, two GIS professionals Leonard Olyott (Australia) and Keeve Brine (Maryland) were selected and put in contact with Humanity road representatives. They recently submitted the following report.

By:  Leonard Olyott & Keeve Brine

In an increasingly connected world, the ability of the members of the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) to respond rapidly from anywhere in the world to offer assistance to disaster events is growing rapidly and becoming more coordinated and focused. Maps and geographical information provide a valuable resource to assist responders, government agencies and people in need. The advent of web mapping and online Geographic Information Systems means that maps can be created, deployed and used on any device, anywhere, anytime.

This collaborative project between Humanity Road and volunteers from GISCorps aimed to review and collate mapping resources relating to Typhoon Hagupit. A wide variety of mapping products from DHN members, relief agencies and government departments were reviewed and categorized. Additionally, links to these mapping products were created in the DHN ArcGIS Online Account:

It is hoped that this work can provide some valuable insight and serve as a reference for future activations of DHN members and to raise awareness of the wide variety of digital mapping products available.  They are presented in two categories, static and dynamic and in no particular order.

Researched & Assembled by: Leonard Olyott & Keeve Brine, GISCorps

Produced by: Cat Graham, Humanity Road,

Special thanks to Esri Disaster Response Program

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