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URISA Texas Virtual Speaker Series - October 2017

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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GISCorps Volunteers help to "Stamp Out Polio"

Presentation Outline: 

URISA’s GISCorps ( coordinates short term volunteer GIS services to underserved communities worldwide. To date, GISCorps has deployed 1,500 volunteers to 212 missions in 66 countries. These volunteers have contributed over 60,000 working hours in disaster and non-disaster response missions. In May of 2017, two outbreaks of polio occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  In preparation for a vaccine campaign the World Health Organization requested GISCorps to assist in identifying structures in the two affected provinces.  Over the next 6 weeks GISCorps volunteers took part in a crowdsource project built on the ArcGIS Online platform and digitized over 750,000 structures.  Come learn how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative responds to outbreaks, how a vaccination campaign works, and how 280 GISCorps volunteers from 20 countries helped children in the DRC by clicking out polio.

About the Speakers:

Leslie Zolman, GISCorps Core Committee. I have been a GISCorps contributor since 2009, my first project was an mapping Malakal, South Sudan in OpenStreet Map, I was deployed to Ghana during the Ebola response and most recently worked on the Polio Eradication and Hurricane Harvey crowd sourcing projects. I am a board member of the Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals, on the GISP review committee and work for the Montana Department of Commerce as a GIS Coordinator and Census State Data Center Lead. I currently live in Helena, Montana.

German Whitley, GISCorps Core Committee. I have been a GISCorps contributor since 2010, working on several projects from DPRK to Ebola and most recently Polio Eradication. My GIS career was divided between the US Forest Service, a private watershed sciences consulting firm, and most recently a wildfire mapping group based in California. I currently reside in Oregon.

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