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Are You a 'geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH)' Nerd?

Good ideas and concepts can come from anywhere.

Does the topic seem too technical for the average emergency manager? Likely, but it’s also possible that there is someone who spends their evenings and spare time immersed in such a topic. Previously I’ve written about how “unsolvable problems” that experts had given up on were “solved” by everyday amateurs who looked at the problem from a different perspective.

So, if this trips your trigger, have at it! See below:

Hello xView Community,

We wanted to make you aware of a National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) run challenge called gSEARCH Challenge:

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), is launching the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) challenge to identify capabilities that transform the way the NGA and its partners search and discover geospatial content. NGA is interested in innovative and novel approaches that deliver a centralized, web-based user experience for searching and discovering content distributed across government, industry and partner data repositories. Furthermore, this centralized user experience must be interoperable with common exploitation tools and able to execute large scale geoprocessing functions as a service.

White paper submissions will be evaluated by a team of subject matter experts (SMEs). After an initial evaluation, up to 10 companies will be selected as finalists to participate in the pitch event the week of March 27, 2023. The top performing company will be awarded $75,000 in prize money.

For more information on what is required in the challenge and associated prizes - please visit the URL linked earlier.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.