GISCorps Partners are based all over the world. They are public entities, nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and professional associations. Occasionally, they are organizations operating under a social business model or undertaking a project for humanitarian purposes rather than for profit.
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The Texas Justice Initiative maintains a data portal to provide criminal justice data to the public, a service we’ve provided since 2018. We’ve heard from our users that they would like to see our data visually represented on a map, so they could compare geographic areas and occurrences or frequencies of occurrences in different areas. Since we rely on volunteers to build our other data processing and analysis tools, I thought it was fantastic that GISCorps provides volunteers for mapping projects at nonprofit organizations. GISCorps vetted us and made it so convenient and easy to match with a volunteer interested in working on our project. German was fantastic at maintaining regular communication and ensuring our project stayed on track. We are well on our way to adding maps to our data portal, and for that we are very grateful. Thank you GISCorps and to our incredible volunteer, JP!
Eva Ruth Moravec, Executive Director,
Texas Justice Initiative, January 2020
GISCorps is that rare organization that actually practices what they preach. Their base of GIS experts, team and board members are extremely knowledgeable and hardworking and committed to the social impact mission. The level of commitment to accomplishing project objectives is admirable and inspiring. Especially, when GIS developers are not receiving any monetary compensation! It has been a priceless Godsend to have discovered GISCorps.
Tené Logan, Program Director
Charity Co-Op, October 2019
Sarah did a great job updating our Hunger Heat Map, and she was instrumental in jump starting our GIS efforts which had fallen dormant. She helped us envision how to improve our maps, invested much time creating layers with the latest data, and brainstormed new ideas with us. Using her work as a starting point, our recently hired internal data specialist has now taken over day-to-day GIS work, and our data team will be releasing new maps with the latest data soon. Sarah played a key role in bridging the gap so that our data specialist could hit the ground running and not waste months of time starting from scratch. We are grateful that soon we will be able to release the 2018 maps to the public, and that internally we will be able to compare our outcomes for 2017 versus 2018. This project would have been greatly delayed without Sarah’s expertise and efforts.
Dan Shenk-Evans, Director of IT
Capital Area Food Bank, March 2019
The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date. The fire started on November 8, 2018, in Butte County. After exhibiting extreme fire behavior, an urban firestorm formed in the densely populated foothill town of Paradise, causing 86 civilian fatalities.
Quick and complete building assessments are critical to allow residents and businesses affected by the fire to determine their plans moving forward, whether it means re-entry, rebuilding, or relocating. Because of the rapid development of these emergencies, technical challenges, and multitudes of professional and volunteer organizations, many data points collected by field workers using mobile devices had inaccurate data entered or incomplete documentation. The points needed quality control performed on them post collection.
The GISCorps, when called upon, stepped up quickly and proficiently to assess the inaccuracy of these points through many varied methods, then updated the final datasets with correct locations and information. Volunteers worked tirelessly to provide quality control on these data points representing over 19,000 structures assessed as destroyed, damaged, or unaffected. Without assistance from the GISCorps, these collected assessments would not have been checked without a cost to the County in time and resources.
Thank you GISCorps for your devotion to helping organizations like ours in these frantic and devastating circumstances in using GIS to help people get the information they need quickly and reliably. We are indebted to you for your services.
Jim Aranguren, GIS Manager
Butte County, California, January 2019
In today’s disaster response world, having the best visualization products helps to improve the situational awareness on the ground and directly improves the delivery of life saving aid and resources. When we need mapping products we reach out to GISCorps, they respond quickly with experts who seamlessly support our initiatives. Thank you GISCorps.
Cat Graham, Chief Operations Officer
Humanity Road, September 2018
GISCorps volunteers offer a unique and highly sought-after skillset – GIS expertise with a passion for supporting humanitarian goals. The volunteers I have worked with have bolstered the standard of work for the project, offered valuable ideas and solutions, and have collectively contributed to a better end product than we would have had without their assistance.
Tess Palmer, MPH, GIS Analyst
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 2018
GISCorps provided us with a volunteer who was not only well-versed with maps and web tools, but was also creative in his design skills. Awesome!
Ganesh Ananthanarayanan, volunteer
1947 Partition Archive, August 2014
GISCorps volunteers were instrumental in establishing the Australian Red Cross with a spatial mapping capability to be used during emergencies. The value the GISCorps volunteers brought to the project was proven in the success of the mapping products developed during the 2011 Queensland floods and cyclones.
Tim McInerny, Emergency Services Coordinator
Australian Red Cross, March 2011