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he charity Direct Relief has been awarded the Esri President

The charity Direct Relief has been awarded the Esri President’s Award for its outstanding use of Geographic Information System (GIS)...

It’s an example of how increasingly charities are utilising latest digital mapping and related technologies into humanitarian work such as disaster relief, and other fields including environmental protections...

GIS is a digital system that captures and manages geographical data and can be developed for highly bespoke uses, increasingly in the humanitarian and non-profit sector...

Geospatial technology combines land surveying with global navigation satellite systems and mobile technologies to create unique solutions that can have great impact in terms of non-profit humanitarian work...

Increasingly such applications are becoming available via the web and compatible with mobile technologies...

Direct Relief has received its accolade for developing the use of GIS and spatial analysis in public reporting, delivering aid and identifying areas where people are in most need - all in all increasing impact for beneficiaries, its own efficiency output and building better relations with donors...

Esri president Jack Dangermond explains: “They constantly find new ways of applying geography to improve people’s lives and proactively identify vulnerable populations...”

The charity’s projects include monitoring the real-time movement of aid materials following the Oklahoma tornadoes...

Direct Relief also partnered with the United Nations Population Fund and also the Fistula Foundation - to create unique mapping of the distribution of surgical services...

Direct Relief’s donor funded services include free medical support for people across the USA and in 70 countries worldwide...

Direct Relief also provides GIS resources to donors and partners that show how operations are evolving...

Being able to demonstrate to donors where and how funds are spent is recognised as a key to fundraising success...

The charity was previously awarded the 2011 Peter F Drucker Award for Non-profit Innovation for its ability to harness commercial technology for humanitarian purposes...

An increasing number of charities are using geospatial technologies for their work...

Many charities are now using Google geospatial mapping services in the cloud, benefiting from grants via the Google not-for-profit network.

An example is the Halo Trust that uses the technologies to import GIS shapefiles and develop high res mapping for its landmine clearance work...

Source: http://www.giving-news.com

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