The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team recently launched three formal research experiments on crowdsourced damage assessment and is seeking volunteers interested in participating.
The use of geospatial technologies is increasingly being used in a variety of fields. GIS is being used in many different industries and the skills required to be a successful GIS professional have evolved over the years. Below are recommendations on building a strong background in preparation for a career in GIS based on what the majority of employers are looking for. However, keep in mind you will find a wide variety of work and educational backgrounds among those working in GIS jobs.