The WhoData pilot was completed in December 2010.

In October 2009, Dr. Michelle Thompson, an Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans Department of Planning & Urban Studies (UNO-PLUS) contacted GISCorps and sought the assistance of an ArcGIS server programmer to develop a community data information system using internet mapping services.

David Lessinger of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans (NHS), a non-profit organization in New Orleans, was interested in creating a dynamic web site to share data and build surveying capacity in other neighborhoods.

Following a thorough search by GISCorps, Rafael Ferraro, a GIS programmer with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC) in Virginia, was selected for this project and is now working with a team of experts from NHS and UNO-PLUS.

Mayors and Thompson
Michelle Thompson with Mayor Svante Myrick of Ithaca New York (right) and
Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans (left).

“The University of New Orleans & Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans Mapping Initiative” (UNMI)  is a community-university-municipal partnership that initially developed to move the concept of shared data sets to integrated data systems using internet mapping system (IMS) technology. The UNMI expanded the initial goal of the pilot from a single organization to new partners that will help test the IMS functionality, assist in development of training guides for future participants, establish and implement data survey/maintenance standards, and increase collaborative data sharing between multiple community-based organizations in New Orleans.  The Regional Planning Commission assisted in the standardization of data and provided 2009 aerial imagery.

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