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Mission Statement: Operating under the auspices of URISA, GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer based GIS services to underprivileged communities.
Vision & Goals
URISA GISCorps volunteers' services will help to improve the quality of life by:
- Supporting humanitarian relief.
- Enhancing environmental analysis.
- Encouraging/fostering economic development.
- Supporting community planning and development.
- Strengthening local capacity by adopting and using information technology.
- Supporting health and education related activities.
- GISCorps implements URISA's vision of advancing the effective use of spatial information technologies.
GISCorps makes available highly specialized GIS expertise to improve the well being of developing and transitional communities without exploitation or regard for profit.
GISCorps coordinates the open exchange of volunteer GIS expertise cooperatively among and along with other agencies.
GISCorps strengthens the host community's spatial data infrastructure through implementation of the best and most widely accepted GIS practices.
GISCorps foster development of professional organizations in host communities to help sustain and grow local spatial expertise.
Click the pop-out icon in the top right corner to view. Huge thank you to Hildemar Cruz for developing this video!
URISA's GISCorps (www.giscorps.org) is run by volunteers with the support of its parent organization, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). However, its operations depend entirely on donations from allied organizations and individual support from people like you.
GISCorps is Volunteerism
GISCorps is a passionate team of volunteers and leaders in the geospatial industry who are dedicated to service to the global community. There are over 5,000 GISCorps volunteers, from 133 countries, world-wide, ready to respond to requests for technical assistance. A core group of volunteer leaders organize and assign these volunteers to projects based on need and skill sets. Using tools that include OpenStreetMap and Esri’s ArcGIS Online, these volunteers help respond to natural and man-made disasters, assist in community building, and support sustainability for underserved and underdeveloped communities. —222 projects completed and counting!
GISCorps is Disaster Recovery
GISCorps participates in projects that assist in the assessment and recovery operations from natural and man-made disasters. From hurricanes and earthquakes to epidemics and homelessness, GISCorps volunteers provide innovative support and GIS services to national, local, and regional government agencies, as well as to NGOs and non-profits.
GISCorps is Community-Building
GISCorps lends its support to programs that create stronger communities. Projects have included blight analysis, site analysis, and assisting in the building of geospatial capacity for organizations that are working to build a more compassionate and just world.
GISCorps is Sustainability
GISCorps leads geospatial projects that enhance the capabilities of governments, private and non-profit organizations, and grassroots groups to tackle the challenges of a planet that offers limited resources to growing populations. GISCorps has assisted on projects that address food scarcity, climate change, and education across the globe.
URISA is a 501c(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S. Please donate today!
For more information about GISCorps missions, partner agencies, and volunteer opportunities, visit the GISCorps Website
Become a Volunteer - join the ever-growing community of volunteers!
Donate to URISA's GISCorps to support the program's mission. This incredible program runs entirely on volunteer time and monetary donations. Note that donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.
Need some more inspiration?
Check out a recent webinar, hosted by URISA Texas in late 2017, which discusses volunteer contributions to polio eradication.
Celebrating Ten Years of Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2013! View the URISA GISCorps 10th Anniversary Tribute Video - with special messages from GIS leaders.