Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) completed with 1st class Honours at Curtin University of Technology. His thesis investigated the use of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services to estimate carbon stocks in forestry plantations, with real-time updates into the Western Australia Land Information Authority, Landgate, for use in emissions trading. This honours thesis was awarded the 2008 Spatial Student award at the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

Since then Patrick has been implementing Open Source technologies and Open Standards in a variety of contexts to implement sustainable information management solutions in the private, international development and humanitarian sectors. Over the last 2 years Patrick has been working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) and has been involved in the development and implementation of the Public Health Information Services (PHIS) standards of the Global Health Cluster (GHC). Patrick is soon to be deployed with iMMAP under CDC funding to improve information management for decision making in support of public health emergencies in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Lake Chad regions.