There are several ways to contribute to the GEM collaborative effort and provide input to the products and services GEM aims to deliver.
In this page we wish to acknowledge and celebrate the contributors of various GEM products, and provide you with some examples on how you can start making your mark. With your help, we will continue to update the page as soon as products and services become available.
Besides the GEM IT team that includes scientists and programmers, all users of the OpenQuake Engine are continuously contributing to improving GEM's open-source hazard and risk assessment software. To contribute join our Google Groups for OpenQuake users and for OpenQuake developers .
GEM Outstanding Award
Every year GEM presents the GEM Outstanding Award to contributors whose work has made a special impact in the delivery of GEM mission and beyond.
2013 GEM Outstanding Award was presented to Laurentiu Danciu.
Engraved in the crystal plaque awarded to Laurentiu are the words: "Through Laurentiu's deep involvement in Regional Programmes, his transformative role in training scientists on OpenQuake, and his work to help build and test the Engine and Platform, he has contributed profoundly to all aspects of GEM's mission.
2012 GEM Outstanding Award was presented to Kishor Jaiswal.
Engraved in the crystal plaque awarded to Kishor are the words: “Kishor’s remarkable breadth of contributions marks him as uniquely valuable, generous, and vital to the success of GEM. Few embody so well the spirit of cooperation and skill on which GEM so depends.”
How to contribute
There are indeed several ways in which experts and researchers can contribute. A first step is our collaboration platform Nexus, where you can explore the work been developed by several working groups. Users and early adopters can use and test-drive the OpenQuake Engine and provide developers and scientists with useful insights on how GEM products respond to user’s needs.
You can contribute to the GEM Building Taxonomy, and complement it by:
- Creating and sharing Building Reports of buildings near you,
- Providing feedback on the latest version of the GEM Building Taxonomy Report,
- Providing feedback on Glossary definitions,
- Sending in photos and other illustrations to improve the Glossary, following these simple instructions.
In addition you can contribute to the Global Exposure Database (GED), the first open database of global buildings and population distribution built for use at various scales of resolution (national, sub-national, municipal and building-to-building), by following these instructions. We are looking for (small) building datasets you are willing to share with GEM, or to receive other types of information you might possess on the buildings and their value in your country, region or city.
Developers can also contribute the OpenQuake development following the instructions on this page.
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