Global polio eradication initiative in need of GIS assistance - DRC - Second Recruitment

Jun 02, 2017


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.Recently two separate outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) have been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), one in Haut Lomami province and one in Maniema. http://polioeradication.org/polio-today/polio-now/WHO requires assistance from GISCorps volunteers in digitizing building points from high resolution imagery which will facilitate the preparation of the micro-plans for the upcoming vaccination campaigns in these areas.  More information on the micro-plan process is included in a story map http://who.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=37bc52fdbc954c928ce4251f1ed89891THIS IS A CROWDSOURCE MISSION. The initial phase of the project requires digitizing building points in select areas of the DRC within the Esri’s ArcGIS Online (AGO) platform. This project has been in a pilot phase for a few days and we are on track to now add more users.Volunteers who commit will be provided with a temporary GISCorps ArcGIS Online account for the duration of the project. This project will need both short-term (weeks) and long-term (months) volunteers. We will need digitizers and data validators. As the project expands and becomes more established, we will recruit long-term project managers.Qualifications:Knowledge of AGO, including familiarity with:use of web apps (no development involved)data creation methodsworking with AGO feature layersExperience with heads-up digitizing;Experience with image interpretation;Performs at a high degree of accuracyAbility to strictly follow instructions;Solid internet connectivity for high resolution image access.Duration: Volunteers are needed immediately for intensive data capture and ideally available for three months as the project expands to multiple provinces.Software: Volunteers must use their own hardware and software. You do not need Desktop GIS software, only web browser access. All editing will be done within the AGO platform using a temporary GISCorps AGO account. Volunteers should be somewhat familiar with AGO, Google Docs, Slack, and Skype for communication.Type of mission: This mission does NOT require traveling and will be conducted remotely.If you are interested and available, please sign up to participate here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Nsl6yKMc1-40t5P8UT75KAD57jHH9T-aEv2osThWPe8/edit?usp=sharingFurther instruction on the protocol will be found at that link. We will continually update the protocols as the project progresses.