GSDI Small Grants Awards 2011-2012

The GSDI Association has announced the winners of the GSDI Small Grants Awards for 2011-2012. Nine cash awards were selected and six applications were put forward for support from URISA's GISCorps.

Under the GSDI Small Grants Program, the GSDI Association, along with partners and participants, has allocated resources from the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)  and the GISCorps of The Urban and Regional Infrastructure Systems Association (URISA), to fund a Small Grants Program to support national or sub-national activities that foster partnerships, develop in-country technical capacity, improve data compatibility and access, and increase political support for spatial data infrastructure and earth observations application development.

2011-2012 Small Grants

The GSDI Societal Impacts Committee is pleased to recommend the projects listed below listed as winners of the 2011-12 GSDI Small Grants. Additionally, URISA’s GISCorps has invited six further projects to apply for geospatial professional services support. The awards were announced in February 2012.

Cash awards:


Ethiopia - Establishment of Geoportal (metadata and Clearinghouse Node) with Open Source Solutions for Environment Resources Management and Conservation
Primary Contact: Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoAREC/N); Melakeneh Gelet

Rwanda - Use of GIS and SDI in promoting Coffee Quality in Maraba Sector South Province of Rwanda
Primary Contact: Center for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Research, National University of Rwanda; Jean Pierre Hitimana

South Africa - Developing a Framework for South African SDI Education and Training
Primary Contact: Centre for Geoinformation Science, Dept of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, University of Pretoria; Victoria Rautenbach


Tajikistan - Introducing Cadastral Maps into National SDI of Tajikistan: Designing and Implementing a Pilot Project
Primary Contact: Design and Research Institute, FAZO (DRI FAZO); Foteh Kurbonov and Armen Asryan


Colombia - Linked Data and Spatial Data Infrastructures
Primary Contact: Research and Development for Geographic Information Centre (CIAF), Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi; Elena Posada

Ecuador - Training in the Field of Metadata for the Implementation at National Level of Ecuadorian Metadata Profile (EMP)
Primary Contact: Sección Nacional del Ecuador del IPGH (Ecuadorian National Section of IPGH), Consejo Nacional de Geoinformación Conage - Senplades (National Council of Geoinformation); Miguel Ruano, Alejandra Repetto, María Gabriela Erazo

El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua - Gulf of Fonseca Surveying and Nautical Charting Stand Up and Planning Meeting
Primary Contact: Pan American Institute of Geography and History Institutional; Paul Cooper


Albania - Increasing the Understanding of SDI within the Albanian Geo-society by Promoting and
Distributing SDI Cookbook 2009 in the Albanian Language
Primary Contact: South-East European Research Association on Geo Sciences (Geo-SEE); Bashkim Idrizi

Macedonia - Non-Governmental Organizations for Spatial Data Infrastructure - NGO4SDI
Primary Contact: Association for Geospatial Information in South-East Europe (AGISEE ); Luka Jovičić

Cash awards and offer of professional services (from URISA GISCorps Volunteers) go to:

China - Multilingual (Four Languages) Place Name Data Base for Regional SDI
Primary Contact: Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Alishir

Southern Africa - Knowledge Management System and Geographic Information System Project
Primary Contact: The Endangered Wildlife Trust; Brenda Daly

Uzbekistan - Stakeholder Analysis of Institutions in Uzbekistan Involved State Cadastres in Order to
Increase Awareness on Implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructure
Primary Contact: National Center of Geodesy and Cartography of Uzbekistan; Nodir Mirzaev

Zimbabwe - Strengthening the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Effort in Zimbabwe Through the Establishment of Requisite Institution and Technological Structures
Primary Contact: The NSDI steering committee - Department of Geoinformatics and Surveying; T. P. Masarira

Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe Standards-based Web Mapping and Data Access Services Online Platform/Portal
Primary Contact: Savetech Solutions, Dept of Sustainable Environment & Development; Tawanda

Awarded the offer of professional services from GISCorps:

Russia - An Interregional Seminar “Creation of Infrastructure of Spatial Data for the Southern Urals (Russia)”
Primary Contact: South Ural State University; Valentina Maksimova and Olga Dyachenko.

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