Information Technology Liaison between Scientists and Programmers


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

901 Main StreetDeale, MD 20751
Saving Data...Saving Lives

About

We have just constructed the world’s first historic weather strip chart digitizing program.

We DESPERATELY need your help to spend a couple of hours each week to act as our Information Technology liaison with our software developer. You will need to have recent IT experience either as a programmer or a designer. We, at IEDRO headquarters in Deale, MD know meteorology and hydrology and international programs but we need someone who can talk with the IT firm which is providing us a lot of pro Bono work. We know the data rescue and digitization we need but have a difficult time discussing it with the programmers. Can you provide the link? You can work from home but would like you to be able to visit us and the developer occasionally.

We are located in Deale, MD just south of Annapolis and our IT folks are in Millersville, MD just south of Baltimore.

As a background on what we do...

We have been sending teams throughout the world locating old weather observations on paper, some dating back to the early 1800s. These teams help the local weather services photograph these records before they disappear forever and send them to us over a Google Cloud.

We then place these images on a new website called WeatherWizards.ORG...and our volunteers digitize them. Check out our 2 minute video on the site that shows how it works!!!!

Our volunteers bring up the website on their computer, register, take a short on-line training session, and begin "to save the world".

Please understand, we are not being facetious. These old weather records, when photographed and digitized are made available to scientists throughout the world who use these records to help prevent drownings from mud slides and flash floods, better understand severe weather like hurricanes and tornados, provide farmers throughout the world with the true frequency of drought so their families won’t starve, provide researchers like those at the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control with data they can use to plot the speed and extent of airborne diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, the Zita virus, and of course, climate changeetc.

The current batch of images we are digitizing are rainfall charts from El Salvador. Unlike the usual weather records that indicate rainfall every 6 hours, these charts show how much rain fell every 15 minutes...critical information to help with mud slide warnings.

These particular records are from two observation sites closest to a mud slide which killed over 200 people in November 2009, two weeks before we visited.

We, and the rest of the world, really need your help. Thank you!

Skills

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Analytics
  • Database Administration
  • IT Consulting

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours per week or longer if you have time

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