URISA’s GISCorps Actively Supporting Two Projects in Caribbean « GIS and Science
URISA’s GISCorps Actively Supporting Two Projects in Caribbean
In GIS and Science on February 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm
At URISA’s 2010 Caribbean GIS Conference in Trinidad, MapAction volunteers who participated in the on-the-ground response immediately following the devastating Haiti earthquake last year, spoke about the importance of readily available and accurate data in such a response. (Recall that the National GIS Centre in Haiti was destroyed in the earthquake and data was difficult to obtain.) This discussion evolved into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently signed between GISCorps and MapAction. The MOU highlighted the mutual interest of the two organizations in providing GIS Assistance to communities affected by disasters throughout the world.
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- 2010 URISA caribbean GIS conference (greenantilles.com)
Tags: 2010 Haiti earthquake, Caribbean, Crisis Response, geographic information system, Geography, GIS, Haiti, MapAction, Participatory Sensing, Social Sciences, Trinidad, URISA, VGI, Volunteered Technologies
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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