Monday, May 19, 2014

GIScience colloquium with joint discussion: Crisis mapping and humanitarian aid

Date: Monday, May, 26, 2014;  17:15 – 18:15

Place: Techno-Z, GI-lecture-room: SC30OG1.E07  (Schillerstraße 30, building 14, 1st floor)

Speaker: Jen Ziemke Crisis Mapping
(Crisis Mappers, John Carroll University, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative)

Jen Ziemke, Co-Founder & Co-Curator of the International Network of Crisis Mappers, will be speaking to us about how a network of activists emerged to help leverage crowdsourcing and geospatial analytics for humanitarian response, in 2009. She will discuss some of what the network has learned together over the past few years; the core challenges and issues that keep resurfacing, and what might be next in this evolving new area of inquiry. Jen has her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Associate Professor of Political Science at John Carroll University and Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Speaker: Shadrock Roberts - Geographic Data in Humanitarian Relief and Aid: Challenges and directions for future research
(University of Georgia, Center for Geospatial Research)

Shadrock will discuss various research and professional projects that he has been involved with - mostly for enumerating refugee populations using remote sensing - and the challenges that Shadrock has faced in different projects. While some of the challenges are technical, many of them are not, and this will lead him to question organizational and political issues around the sharing of geographic data.

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