In November 2018, the GeoQuery Lab began planning the introduction of a new fourth team, GeoParsing, to solve two serious problems.
Why Create a New Team?
Frequently, organizations need to know where they’ve been undertaking activities – for example, where international aid is located, a focus of the efforts of AidData for over a decade. However, the state-of-the-art for geocoding locations frequently has to change – as technology and needs of users changes, so too must how we geocode. The GeoParsing team helps to fill in this gap – providing a testbed for new ideas that might not work, in new contexts. Run by undergraduate students at William and Mary, it gives an opportunity for us to serve new organizations – and, develop cutting edge methodologies at the same time.
We’ve already begun cutting our teeth – we worked alongside trained Geocoders on Green Climate Fund projects to learn the current state-of-the-art last semester, and this semester will be moving on to a new docket of activities. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us over the coming months!