Revolution #20: Say Hello to GeoQuery’s Newest Addition: GeoParsing

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!

 

About the author: Matthew Crittenden

Matt Crittenden is the Team Lead for GeoParsing | Email: micrittenden@email.wm.edu