URISA’s GISCorps. URISA Ontario Be Spatial ’09 May 5, 2009 Shoreh Elhami, GISP GISCorps Co-founder www.giscorps.org [email protected] Summary. History/Model/Volunteers GISCorps Missions Completed In Progress Q & A. History of GISCorps.
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GISCorps started with a simple idea and question:
Would GIS professionals be willing to volunteer their time and expertise – for a short time – to communities in need?
From Right: Ingrid Bruce, Mark Salling, Dianne Haley, Allen Ibaugh, Shoreh Elhami
GISCorps Model (continued)
& in all continents
As of April 2009, Engaged in 48 missions; deployed 131 volunteers:
Deployments are to emergency as well as non emergency missions
Capacity Building, Training, Needs Assessment
Advanced GIS training in New Orleans: Broadmoor Improvement Association
Spatial Analysis/Geo-Coding/Web App Dev.
Domestic Rainwater Harvesting (DRWH) Kenya and Ethiopia: EWV, 2 Volunteers
West Coast of Sumatra
Hurricane Katrina Relief in partnership with Mississippi EOC (Emergency Operation Centre) – Sept. 2005
GISCorps Volunteers: First Deployment, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief
with MS EOC
Andaman Islands, India
In partnership w/ UNOSAT
(United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Program)
At the heart of volunteerism are the ideals of service and solidarity and the belief that together we can make the world a better place.
Volunteers do not ask, “why volunteer?”, but rather “when?”, “where?” and “how?”.
These dedicated and courageous individuals are important partners in the quest for a better, fairer and safer world.
Kofi Annan, 5 December 2003