We are pleased to bring you the August edition of our newsletter. Since May, three projects have been completed and two new projects have been launched, that brings the total number of launched projects to 204 with 1,348 volunteers deployed to 77 countries.
Three completed projects included an outstanding mission at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to assist in eradication of Polio. A total of 274 volunteers from 20 countries digitized nearly 600,000 building sites in two provinces over a period of 5 weeks. In the second project, our volunteer helped determine the most suitable branch locations for the Northern Illinois branch of the Girl Scouts. The third involved design and implementation of an ArcGIS Online landing page and creation of several web maps and story maps for a US based nonprofit organization.
Our thoughts are with our volunteers and their families in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We anticipate a number of projects and we will deploy as quickly as possible. Stay tuned, volunteers!
In other news, we are excited to report that Carol Kraemer has returned to the Core Committee of GISCorps. Carol has been a GISCorps volunteer since 2010. She has been involved in a number of projects and activities including the DPRK, NetHope, and an amazing member of the Core Committee for 3 years. Welcome back Carol!
We had a great display and session at the Esri User Conference again this year in the Sustainable World Community exhibit (see a report later in this newsletter). It was great to catch up with volunteers and friends.
Hope to see you next at URISA's GIS-Pro Conference in Jacksonville, Florida from October 23-26. We have a number of activities planned for GIS Pro 2017, and we hope you will be able to join us in Jacksonville!
Thank you once again for your continued support of URISA's GISCorps. We are grateful to you and our volunteers for their remarkable service.
With most sincere wishes,
GISCorps Core Committee: Dave Litke, Dianne Haley, Allen Ibaugh, German Whitley, Leslie Zolman, Shoreh Elhami, Carol Kraemer