Monday, February 9, 2009


As we're now about halfway through mapping the West Bank, it's a good time to look at what we've accomplished. We have
  • >> created over 1200 job opportunity days in the community
  • >> mapped Hebron and its villages, Jericho, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jenin
  • >> employed approximately 20 mappers
  • >> partnered with the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem to utilize their satellite photography and to help train our editors in ArcGIS
  • >> partnered with Relief International to access their computer labs around the country and train their volunteers in mapping techniques
  • >> partnered with Atlas Inc. to obtain and update their existing road map data
  • >> partnered with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics to allow our mappers to access to the Palestinian Authority's maps to acquire official street names
  • >> begun working with volunteers from the GIS department at Al Najah University in Nablus
We expect to have a "rough draft" of the data completed during the next month. March will be dedicated primarily to editing and finalizing the data, and verifying information acquired in the field.

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