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2022 Global Top 100 Geospatial Companies – Nomination status and deadline

2021 is slowly inching to its grand finale and so is the deadline for nominating your company to the #GlobalTop100Geo list aka ‘Top 100 Geospatial Companies’ compiled by Geoawesomeness since 2016. Many of you have written to us in the last days requesting for clarifications and a short extension in the deadline for nominating your company.

In order to make it easier for you who haven’t yet had the opportunity to nominate your company – we have decided to extend the deadline for nomination from 15th December 2021 to 24th December 2021.

NOW is the chance for you to nominate your company and present it in all its glory to the wonderful panelists 🙂 Quite a few new companies in the geospatial sector have taken the opportunity to nominate themselves. Double-check that your company is nominated and if not, make sure to do so.

Here is the link to check if your company has already been nominated.

Here is the link to the official nomination form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I ensure my company is considered and potentially makes it to the 2022 list? 

As the age old saying goes ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – if you don’t nominate your company then its very likely that your company isn’t considered. Therefore the best chance you have to ensure that your company makes it to the 2022 list is to ensure that you or a member of your company nominates it via our form.

When will the list be published? 

31st January 2022 – Join the geoawesomeness team and the panelists in our live event where we will announce the list and more (register for the 2022 #GlobalTop100Geo reveal).

Who decides the list? What is the process?

The list will be decided based on the votes by 12 Geospatial experts. Here are the experts who will decide the 2022 list:

  • Dr. Nadine Alameh, CEO of Open Geospatial Consortium
  • Denise McKenzie, Chair of the Association for Geographic Information in UK
  • Justyna Redelkiewicz, Head of Section Consumer Solutions, Market and Technology at the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA)
  • Carly Morris, Head of Geovation at Ordnance Survey
  • Eldrige de melo, Director at Satellogic
  • Olivia Powell, International Lead at The Geospatial Commission in Cabinet Office and Co- founder and Director at Women+ in Geospatial
  • Sives Govender, Research Group Leader, CSIR, South Africa and Co- founder and coordinator of Environmental Information System-Africa
  • Jonathan Neufeld, CEO of TECTERRA
  • Osamu Ochiai, Senior Engineer, Manager for Satellite Applications and Operation Center at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
  • Ng Siau Yong, Director of GeoSpatial and Data Division & Chief Data Officer at the Singapore Land Authority

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Whom do I contact in case of questions or clarifications? 

Please send us an email at info@geoawesomeness.com

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South Sudan data package to support effective and equitable Covid vaccine delivery

Covid-19 has been tough for us all and the development of Covid-19 vaccines is starting to offer a lifeline to the world. But, for many, especially those in the world’s poorer countries, it’s yet to make an impact. 

As part of the drive to provide equitable access to vaccines, international agencies involved in COVAX need to ensure that countries are ready to accept delivery and coordinate the roll-out.

With this in mind, humanitarian geospatial charity MapAction, with funding from the Calleva Foundation, partnered with expert geospatial colleagues from CartONG, OpenMap Development Tanzania, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Afrimapr/ LSTHM, Mapbox and Esri, to create a novel concept called the Integrated Humanitarian Data Package (IHDP). This aims to give quick and easy access to key geographic data that underpins the planning and delivery of vaccination programmes. 

The single package contains not only selected data sets, but also information explaining the data (‘metadata’), together with a set of GIS (geographic information system) and coding tools to easily develop situation-specific items such as maps and other graphics, depending on user-need. This will give organisations managing vaccine delivery in vulnerable countries a running start, once vaccines become available. 

Nick McWilliam, IHDP project lead at MapAction said,

“High quality mapping and data analysis are key to understanding how many people need vaccinating, where they are, and how and where the vaccines can be safely stored and delivered. We know that access to good data is a major issue in many countries. Even where data exists, it’s frequently patchy and not in a format that is usable by most people, as well as lacking crucial information about the local context. The IHDP concept is intended to remove barriers to good information that are otherwise likely to hinder vaccine delivery.”  

The pilot project focused on creating an IHDP for South Sudan, however, the lessons learned are applicable across many other countries where population information is often too poor for effective logistics.  

The IHDP is designed to be used by non-GIS experts with coordination and management responsibilities and ensures that they can easily use good quality data in a readily usable format. It’s also designed to reduce the time and effort needed, removing barriers for responders so they can quickly understand and respond to often complex situations. 

The data produced is freely accessible via MapAction’s Map and Data repository and also published on The Africa GeoPortal

“The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented demand for data in the humanitarian sector, but persistent data gaps remain. With every country in the world affected by COVID-19, the disparity in data availability in countries experiencing humanitarian crises became more clear.”

The State of Open Humanitarian Data, 2021: Assessing Data Availability Across Humanitarian Crises. OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data and Humanitarian Data Exchange

We are sharing the information and IHDP concept amongst the humanitarian community and other international agencies involved in the vaccine roll-out. 

We are currently undertaking an in-country visit to South Sudan so the team can meet with ministry personnel and other agencies who are responsible for distributing the vaccine to eligible people once available. This is a chance to demonstrate the tool and to gather feedback to enhance it.    

 

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