[HOT] UN SPIDER "Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency Response" 5/6 Jul 2011

Schuyler Erle schuyler at nocat.net
Thu Apr 28 21:51:25 BST 2011

UN SPIDER's hosting a "Crowdsource Mapping for Preparedness and Emergency Response" meeting on 5-6 Jul 2011 in Vienna, about a week before SotM EU. 

"In recent years, advancements in technologies have made it possible for virtual communities such as OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, Sahana, CrisisMappers, Virtual Disaster Viewer, Google MapMaker and INSTEDD to provide increasing support to disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts. Important cornerstones of this virtual effort are the possibility to access and take advantage of post-disaster satellite imagery as well as the use of other space-based technologies such as telecommunications satellites and global navigation satellite systems. Taking note of the need to connect these pioneering communities with the space industry as well as the disaster management community, the UN-SPIDER Programme is carrying out a one-year project (“Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping”) aiming at identifying specific actions that could ensure a closer cooperation among the three communities. The first activity of this project will be an Expert Meeting to be held in Vienna to discuss strategies that will contribute to supporting civil protection and emergency management agencies to make use of products generated by such groups in areas of preparedness and emergency response and provide a better understanding to these groups on the specific needs of the disaster management community. "


Is anyone from HOT planning to go? I am toying with the idea.


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