The Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s Information Technology Outreach Services division finalized a major contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue hosting an international humanitarian aid data repository. Under the $1.3 million contract, the institute will continue to maintain the database for three years in partnership with the Geographic Information Support Team. The team comprises an inter-agency initiative that promotes the use of geographic information systems in support of humanitarian relief efforts and emergency preparedness and response worldwide. The contract supports three institute specialists and includes projects supporting low-cost, open-source software for poorer nations and developing common operational data sets that allow emergency responders from different countries to access critical data.