GroupMappers won the 1st runner-up award in a global competition on GIS Day 2017, organized by “GIS Cloud”, which is one of the pioneers in providing the cloud-based GIS services. The award was for the best project idea contributing to local communities. The goal of the GIS Day Contest 2017 was to promote initiatives and project ideas that influence advancement and sustainability in local communities around the world. Moreover, the main idea of the contest was to motivate non-profit organizations, citizens, college students, academic staff, and start-up companies to engage in the development of their local communities using modern GIS technologies. Our project idea was to map the communities through Crowdsourcing using free online resources and the Google Earth platform run by the members of GroupMappers. As a reward, GIS Cloud has offered us to provide technical support for the next phase of this project.
We support communicable disease control programs under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in Bangladesh through collection of high quality, high resolution geospatial data. The initial goal is to map communities in selected rural areas. Once, complete, the next stap will be to label the polygons with the names of communities through crowdsourcing.