MSF Suisse – Médecins sans Frontières·octobre 2020
Collect, process and present MSF geographic data types
The role of geographic information systems at MSF
Médecins sans Frontières is currently updating and improving its GIS platform, which brings together the maps and geographic data needed to carry out their missions around the world. An in-house unit of experts is dedicated to accomplish the following tasks (among many others):
- Collection and management of data.
- Visualization of this data (especially on maps).
- Ordering new data.
It supports MSF activities such as logistics, briefings, communication, planning, etc. But also to visualize the evolution of epidemics, to prepare for natural disasters and to map emergencies.
This service is a key support for field operations.
Eventually, the system must be used by thousands of MSF collaborators or partners, in some difficult logistical conditions (field work, poor access to Internet, …). A careful design of the system must therefore guarantee its acceptability in the long term.
A collaboration between Antistatique and INSER
Antistatique was hired as a partner of INSER for the transformation of the MSF GIS platform. Our main tasks were to :
- Understand the challenges and objectives of such a project at MSF and the environment in which this platform is used.
- Realize the information hierarchy of the platform, the flow from one section to another and the overall design
- Collaborate with multiple stakeholders taking into account all aspects (needs, deadlines, budget, technical, etc.)
A rich project
We are looking forward to the continuation of this project, to see the design come to life through development, to be able to test the functionalities and of course to get feedback from the employees who will use the tool.