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Volunteer chosen for long term assistance to Tanzania Development Trust

Crowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project set up by Tanzania Development Trust, a volunteer-run UK charity set up in 1975 to help grassroots projects in rural Tanzania. Crowd2Map aims to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015, they have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap, an open source map available to all, with the help of over 4000 volunteers worldwide and 500 on the ground in Tanzania. With minimal budget and no staff, they have so far added over 2 million buildings and mapped over 70,000 sq kilometres.

As their program grows, they looked to GISCorps to provide a high level GIS adviser to help them achieve their current goals and craft future plans. Emmor Nile, a long-time volunteer and OSM subcommittee lead, with years of experience working in Africa was chosen to help guide them in their current and future endeavors. Emmor also hopes to use the project as a training ground for GISCorps volunteers looking to build their OSM/HOT skills.

Recruitment complete, project in progress

Volunteers Chosen to Help the Conservation Lands Foundation

The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) is a nonprofit organization based in Colorado, USA. CLF is the official umbrella organization for 60+ grassroots “Friends” groups who work to protect their local public lands. The mission of CLF is to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.

CLF requested two volunteers from GISCorps to support the Friends groups in science-based data collection, spatial analytics, maintenance and improvement of their Terra TRUTH mobile application, as well as the creation of online and static maps. The volunteers will help two Friends groups immediately, the Grand Staircase Escalante Partners and Friends of the Inyo.  They may also help other friends groups in the future including Friends of Gold Butte, Colorado Canyons Association, Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument, and the Western Slope Conservation Center. Volunteers Alexis Handelman and Chris Packer have been paired with CLF and work is underway.

Recruitment complete, project in progress

Developing crop yield prediction models for a US-based non-profit organization

Food Aid Project, Inc. 501(c)(3) is a charitable purpose, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support food and economic security by increasing the efficiency of and access to the bulk food procurement and distribution network. They requested a GISCorps volunteer to assist them in developing a real-time, web-based mapping program that will perform global yield prediction via spatial modeling of Special Crops (i.e. edible beans). The recruitment resulted in the selection of Jill Stanford, a GISCorps volunteer from Iowa. Jill is now in contact with Food Aid Project’s representatives.

Recruitment complete, project in progress

GISCorps volunteer configuring and updating story maps

Capital Area Food Bank is a non-profit organization working to solve hunger and its companion problems, such as chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. They requested a GISCorps volunteer to assist in configuring and updating their Story Maps to illustrate data related to poverty, food insecurity, and food distribution efforts. Volunteer Sarah Welt has been selected to work with Capital Area Food Bank on this project.

Recruitment complete, project in progress

QA/QC of Fire Damage Data in Butte County, California

The Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres in Butte County, California, in November 2018. The fire destroyed almost 14,000 residences, over 500 commercial buildings, and over 400 other structures in and around the city of Paradise.

In the days and weeks following the start of the fire, Butte County and CalFire conducted damage assessment surveys of structures within the affected area. Because different methodologies and equipment were used, there is some cleanup required to merge these data sources into a single authoritative structural damage assessment dataset. The Butte County GIS Department has partnered with Esri to build a web application that can be used to conduct this QA/QC effort according to an established workflow. The resulting dataset will provide the information required to file for FEMA reimbursement to help the community recover and rebuild.

Recruitment ongoing, project in progress

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