the start of 2005 the Board of GMA decided that humanitarian
mapping in Bande Aceh, N.Sumatra might be helpful. A team consisting
of Frank Chang (USA & China) and Rupert Douglas-Bate (UK) was
dispatched in March. They found that the University of Syiah
Kuala, Bande Aceh had a small mapping cell in the Mathematics
department that wanted some training in GIS and data collection.
Dr Hizir Sofyan (Head of Department) and Muzailin Affan (Head
of GIS cell) were most interested to collaborate and they signed
a Partnership Agreement with GMA.
July 2005 GMA duly dispatched Erin Kees (USA) on a training
mission, in response to the needs. He worked mostly with math
students who were highly motivated to learn as much as possible
about geographic information systems. The excellent maps they
produced, as well as photos of both March and July missions
are on the Maps and Photos page.
is very grateful to all of it's volunteers and donors
including Vodafone-US Foundation, Omidyar Foundation, Reuters
Foundation and ESRI.