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ODPM GIS Day Celebrations 2015

The GIS programme at the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM) seeks to mainstream the use of GIS technologies for Comprehensive Disaster Management and specifically to support the effective and efficient delivery of disaster management services. Since GIS was first introduced to the ODPM in 2009, significant strides have been made in integrating the technology into the operations of the organization to support both internal and external stakeholders working in DRR/DRM.

 

This year, in commemoration of GIS Day (November 18th 2015) and in support of its GIS mainstreaming programme for DRR/DRM, the ODPM will be conducting a GIS Awareness Drive over the period November-December 2015, incorporating a series of team-building activities for staff aimed at:

-      Celebrating the ODPM’s GIS achievements

-      Building basic GIS capacity and increasing awareness of GIS in comprehensive disaster management (CDM)

-      Identifying opportunities for further GIS infusion into the ODPM’s operations

 

Activities kicked off on Wednesday 18th November with the launch of a virtual GIS Knowledge Sharing drive and were followed on Thursday 19th November with training for staff on the newly developed MNS Enterprise GIS web portal. On Friday 20th November, 2015, the GIS team led a staff team-building session which included a Map exhibition and fun staff competitions aimed at promoting basic GIS skills, but with a fun twist.

The GIS programme at the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM) seeks to mainstream the use of GIS technologies for Comprehensive Disaster Management and specifically to support the effective and efficient delivery of disaster management services. Since GIS was first introduced to the ODPM in 2009, significant strides have been made in integrating the technology into the operations of the organization to support both internal and external stakeholders working in DRR/DRM.

 

This year, in commemoration of GIS Day (November 18th 2015) and in support of its GIS mainstreaming programme for DRR/DRM, the ODPM will be conducting a GIS Awareness Drive over the period November-December 2015, incorporating a series of team-building activities for staff aimed at:

-      Celebrating the ODPM’s GIS achievements

-      Building basic GIS capacity and increasing awareness of GIS in comprehensive disaster management (CDM)

-      Identifying opportunities for further GIS infusion into the ODPM’s operations

 

Activities kicked off on Wednesday 18th November with the launch of a virtual GIS Knowledge Sharing drive and were followed on Thursday 19th November with training for staff on the newly developed MNS Enterprise GIS web portal. On Friday 20th November, 2015, the GIS team led a staff team-building session which included a Map exhibition and fun staff competitions aimed at promoting basic GIS skills, but with a fun twist.

The GIS programme at the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management (ODPM) seeks to mainstream the use of GIS technologies for Comprehensive Disaster Management and specifically to support the effective and efficient delivery of disaster management services. Since GIS was first introduced to the ODPM in 2009, significant strides have been made in integrating the technology into the operations of the organization to support both internal and external stakeholders working in DRR/DRM.

 

This year, in commemoration of GIS Day (November 18th 2015) and in support of its GIS mainstreaming programme for DRR/DRM, the ODPM will be conducting a GIS Awareness Drive over the period November-December 2015, incorporating a series of team-building activities for staff aimed at:

-      Celebrating the ODPM’s GIS achievements

-      Building basic GIS capacity and increasing awareness of GIS in comprehensive disaster management (CDM)

-      Identifying opportunities for further GIS infusion into the ODPM’s operations

 

Activities kicked off on Wednesday 18th November with the launch of a virtual GIS Knowledge Sharing drive and were followed on Thursday 19th November with training for staff on the newly developed MNS Enterprise GIS web portal. On Friday 20th November, 2015, the GIS team led a staff team-building session which included a Map exhibition and fun staff competitions aimed at promoting basic GIS skills, but with a fun twist.



         



  • 1.      Cut-throat mapping – modeled after Food Network’s cut throat Kitchen, staff receive drill injects based on an unfolding disaster scenario and have to map locations while sabotages are periodically introduced

  • 2.      GIS Drop spots – staff must figure out location-based, disaster related clues and in Google Earth, drop the pin on the right spots

Activities are expected to continue over the next month with further GIS capacity building in the form of training and more fun activities to pique the interest of staff in the technology. External stakeholders are also expected to be targeted in a second phase.

Given the evolution of the ODPM and by extension the GIS function over the 6 year period since the technology was first introduced, these activities help to highlight the current status, achievements over the period and ideas for the way forward, as well as to increase exposure, understanding and buy in of significant number of new members of staff.

 


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