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GIS Professionals Volunteering for a Better World

February 2012
A Message from the Core Committee


Greetings Volunteers and Friends,  


Since this is our first newsletter in 2012, we would like to extend to you and yours our belated New Year's greetings and best wishes.


We would like to report one of our busiest quarters to date; we have deployed 25 of our volunteers to 9 new projects since November 2011. These volunteers created/cleansed databases, developed/tested GIS models and tools, and built web applications for projects in Libya, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, and Zambia.

We are also in various stages of recruitment for several GSDI Association projects. We have been working with GSDI for several years and hope to place a number of volunteers in this year's projects which are in several countries including Russia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Uzbekistan.

We have created a new Profile Page for volunteers that have been working on our DPRK project for the past several years. Their hard work and determination is awe-inspiring and we couldn't be more proud of their work and the work of our volunteers in general.

Thank you again for your continued support and interest in GISCorps!
GISCorps Core Committee,
Heather Milton, Mark Salling, Allen Ibaugh, Dianne Haley, Shoreh Elhami

P.S. Please email [email protected] if you want to be removed from this list.

Deployment and Partnership News

Missions in Progress

A total of 14 missions are currently in progress and several new projects (GSDI) are about to begin.  


Detailed accounts of these projects are posted on our Ongoing Projects Page

Featured Projects

Volunteers assisted in data cleansing of health facilities in Libya

At the request of the World Health Organization (WHO), GISCorps volunteers were deployed to a data cleansing project in Libya. The dataset included the locations of health facilities around the country. The information was collected from various resources and by volunteers from two other partner organizations: the Stand By Task Force (SBTF) and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT). GISCorps volunteers working on this project were: Abdel-Rahman Muhsen from Calgary and Case Robertson from Georgia. Read more by clicking here.

Volunteers Conducting QC on a GIS Desktop

Volunteers assist in three phases of a disaster simulation in Samoa
The United Nations Platform for Space-Based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response or UN-Spider held a one day event
 in Geneva in mid November 2011. During the event, running a disaster simulation in Samoa was proposed and December 3rd, 2011 was selected as the simulation date. Several participants including GISCorps expressed interest in participating and making their volunteers available to the exercise. The volunteer team included: Richard Parkin, Heather Milton, Randy Hale, Abdo Abdelrasoul and Amit Jadhav, and John Van Hoesen. Read more here.




Read more about other completed GISCorps projects here.  


Read more about projects in progress here.  


Volunteer Profiles

This time we are showcasing the profiles of our DPRK project's volunteers.    


This profile page belongs to GISCorps' mission with the World Food Program (WFP) which is in collaboration with iMMAP. This ongoing project started in 2009 and to date, over 50 volunteers have worked on it. Due to the magnitude of the project more volunteers may be deployed in the near future. The project is managed by an amazing team of volunteers and this page will start with their profiles. They are: Carol Kraemer, Chris Zumwalt, Karen Payne, Patrick Young, Scott Oatley, and Karen Payne, our project advisor. Read more here.



From top left: Carol Kraemer, Patrick Young, Karen Payne, Chris Zumwalt, Scott Oatley; DPRK project's management team


Check out the Volunteer Profiles Page for other volunteers.


News from Friends of GISCorps 


Thank you for your continued support of URISA's GISCorps!

In This Issue
Message from the Core Committee
Missions in Progress
Featured Project
Volunteer Profiles




URISA Chapters


URISA Sponsors 


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Disaster Charter   


...and many more

GISCorps Core Committee

Allen Ibaugh

Heather Milton, Chair

Dianne Haley

Mark Salling, Vice Chair 

Shoreh Elhami, Co-founder


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Volunteer Database

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URISA 2012 Conference Calendar

GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference
March 12-15, 2012
San Antonio, Texas

URISA Leadership Academy
June 11-15, 2012
Savannah, Georgia

URISA/NENA Addressing Conference
August 6-9, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee

GIS-Pro 2012: URISA's 50th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals
October 1-4, 2012
Portland, Oregon

URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference
November 12-16, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica

For more information, visit