UIS completes massive data transfer to help Haiti rebuild
Say what you will about University Information Services. Recently, in a period of four days, they transferred 1.2 terabytes of data—or 1.2 million books, or 12 percent of the Library of Congress—containing satellite images and “aerial geographical data” of Haiti that’s now being flown to Port-au-Prince, the Office of Communications is reporting.
The images will help the Haitian government assess the damage done to their country by the devastating January 12 earthquake and its aftershock, and provide USAID with information they will need for reconstruction efforts.
Georgetown was approached to man the project by officials at the World Bank. UIS Associate Vice President Ardoth Hassler said that they were approached because of the University’s “well-known institutional commitment to service.”
“I am truly thankful for the amazing response of Georgetown University in facilitating the transfer of this data to Haiti,” Stuart Gill of the World Bank’s Disaster Risk Management Office for Latin America and the Caribbean said. “Through their efforts we were able to provide critical information to the Haitian government and relief organizations on the ground that will assist in rebuilding this country after such a devastating loss.”