The formation of GnosisGIS took place during a Team Residency at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The aim of the Team Residency was to develop a network of collaborating health workers and earth scientists dedicated to development of global computer-based models that can be used for improved control programs for schistosomiasis and other snail-borne diseases of medical and veterinary importance. The scope of the organization has since been expanded to include other infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance.
The objectives of the GnosisGIS network are to:
- encourage research in geo-health applications and promote scientific exchange between individuals and organizations;
- co-organize and host scientific meetings on topics relevant to geospatial health research;
- work towards collaboration with international organizations and with national, regional institutions in matters involving geospatial technologies;
- contribute to the journal Geospatial Health and other publication channels that promote use of geospatial tools;
- stimulate development of an International School of Geospatial Health to promote effective utilization of geospatial tools for health;
The routine business of GnosisGIS is transacted by an elected Executive Committee of 10 officers. Current Executive Committee Members are: