CartONG provides GIS and mapping support to the CCCM (Camp Coordination, Camp Management) unit within the GDS section at UNHCR.
In 2017, such support involved developing new OPSMAPS and adding new functionalities to existing ones.
Following the work of previous years for the CCCM Cluster, in 2018, the ISMI (IDP Situation Monitoring Initiative) tracking dashboard was further enhanced and a new OPSMAP was developed in support of the ISIMM (IDP Sites Integrated Monitoring Matrix) project, both for North-West Syria context. ISMI dashboard has been remarkably improved after the first version delivered in 2017. This tool visualizes the Internally Displaced People (IDP) movement data collected by the cluster, who is responsible for updating the data through CKAN platform. It now includes animated movement layer, filter options through dynamic charts and data exports. ISIMM OPSMAP was deployed in 2018. Similarly to ISMI, and as a new feature in relation to older OPSMAPs, this version is connected to a CKAN platform, which allows the data owners to update it easily without requesting web developers.
In 2019, the main update on the CCCM Cluster was the development of a new OPSMAP, the Site Profile for Southern East Europe (SPSEE), including new features with respect to previous OPSMAPs. SPSEE’s development is close to its finalization. This is the first OPSMAP with a dedicated user/password set up, granting user based access to the application. Another important new feature consists of the possibility to query not only the last Site Profile, but also previous ones. Last but not least, a matrix representation was added as a new visualization option.
In 2020, several requests were received from Somalia, Burkina Faso and Iraq to update their existing OPSMAP. We also received a request from Nigeria to move their OPSMAP to the new standard version and from the UNHCR team in the Central African Republic to create an OPSMAP (while MDC also needing to be put in place). In addition, a Site tracker demo version was created for Brazil. Apart from answering direct user requests, a significant amount of work also went into re-structuring the standard OPSMAP and the procedures as well as the user input to ensure a new OPSMAP can be set up more quickly following a template and a standardized process. The user interface was also improved considerably.
Here are a few examples of OPSMAPs which are public: