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GISCorps Volunteers train Students at NYU: Poly

In February 2009, we received a request for volunteers from Lonna Gordon, a Project Manager at Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU: Poly). She asked if our volunteers could teach at their upcoming workshop to cover the basics of Google Earth to 15-25 of their students. The objective was to teach them how to plot NGO water projects’ locations in the Dominican Republic and then further populating them with associated information.

Two GISCorps volunteers, Chris Goranson and Josh Pierro were selected for this project and in a matter of a couple of days were put in contact with NYU: Poly’s Project Manager and ended up teaching the workshop on March 4th on the campus of NYU: Poly in Brooklyn, NY.

A slide from the workshop

This project was in collaboration with Engineers without Borders and Water for People, the latter an NGO that helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.

A slide from the workshop

Chris is the GIS Director of City of New York’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Josh is Computer Systems Manager with the NYC Department of Health. During the workshop, Chris and Josh covered the basics of GIS technology and GeoSpatial Web applications with an emphasis on the use of Google Earth and Google Map. Adding, manipulating, customizing, and symbolizing various features in both environments were also discussed. They demonstrated many other topics including but not limited to: conversion methods and options, applications of Google templates, creating KML files with spreadsheet Mapper 2.0, etc. (Figures 1 and 2).

I was impressed with how quickly they found us a volunteer, and how rapidly and efficiently the volunteer pulled together exactly what we needed…

Lonna Gordon, NYU: Poly’s Project Manger
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