GeoNode Summit 2016
From November 28th to December 2nd developers, stakeholders and decision makers met at the GeoNode Summit in Rome. The Summit was organized by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and meetings were held at their headquarters. More than 50 people came from all around the world to discuss the state of the GeoNode development, future releases, new features and present their projects.
GeoNode proves to be a versatile platform for sharing data and building vertical applications, used by many organizations with different objectives. Here are some examples presented during the Summit.
- The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank supports the development of GeoNode to enable governments with an efficient and sustainable way of managing and sharing disaster risk data. Those investments in GeoNode development have contributed to building open data communities and local partner capacity. One example is MASDAP (Malawi Spatial Data Platform) developed by ITHACA since 2012 for improved inter-agency information collaboration and enhanced public access for awareness-building, research, further knowledge product creation and decision support.
- The WFP uses GeoNode to share spatial data with their WFP Regional Bureaux and Country Offices taking into consideration different types of users, GIS professionals or user without any GIS skill. This spatial data is also consumed by other internal or external web pages such as OPweb and HDX.
- The European Commission JRC is using GeoNode based systems to share Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS) for emergency response in relation to different types of disasters. The spatial data produced by the service is released to public in real time while the emergency activation is ongoing.
- Harvard University has developed WorldMap, a fork of the GeoNode platform and probably the largest GeoNode instance, with its 23k+ layers and 19k+ users. WorldMap makes it possible for those who are not experts in GIS and web mapping to explore, visualize, and share their research materials in a GIS spatial framework, enhancing their ability to conduct academic research, community service projects, and instructional activities.
- iMMAP developed the Afghanistan Spatial Data Center (ASDC), the principal geospatial information platform in Afghanistan. The ASDC is used daily by the humanitarian community for emergency response, forecasting, M&E and planning purposes. Capabilities include flood forecasting, earthquake monitoring, flood and avalanche risk areas and population at risk, incidents map daily, GSM coverage.