State of the Map Scotland 2015/Day 2

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International Development Lectures

Edinburgh University Global Development Academy

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Missing Maps: Navigating Humanitarianism, Aid and International Development

This is day 2 of State of the Map Scotland 2015.

On October 1st 2015 the University of Edinburgh's Global Development Academy will host an international public conference on maps, mapping and humanitarianism in collaboration with OpenStreetMap and Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF). We will host presentations from MSF's Missing Maps project, as well as from the OSM community

Attendance is free, and open to the public.


Thursday 1st October : International Development
Time Group Subject Speaker
9:00-9:30 Setup Background video 10 years of Openstreetmap Edits

Year of Edits Africa 2014-2015 Open Data Conference

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction Dr Jamie Cross (Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)
Session One : Maps and Humanitarianism
10:15-11:30 Medecins Sans Frontieres / Y-Care Missing Maps: What’s Missing? Carmen Sumadiwiria
MapAction Helping get aid to where it's needed most David Frankland and Nick McWilliam
Bioclimate Rebecca Stedham
Living Labs Nepal Skype Session
Session Two : Geographical Information Systems (GIS): Theory and Practice
12:00-13:00 University of Edinburgh GIS & Humanitarian Activities: Hammer or Swiss Army Penknife? Dr William Mackaness
University of Edinburgh (Geography) Surviving the Waves: Cartographies of “Illegal Border Crossings” and Activist Counter-Mapping Dan Fisher
University of Oxford : Oxford Internet Institute Economic Geographies of Knowledge Production in Sub-Saharan Africa Sanna Ojanperä
LUNCH : An Openstreetmap Stall will be available for your questions
Session Three : The Future of the Map
14:00-15:30 Open Data Institute Open Data Mapping: Limits to Potential? Adam Hinchliff
GeoGeo The World Isn't Round: The Rise of GI Drones & Creating Mirror Worlds Paul Georgie
Tirami Keeping the pulse on international development and technology with Udadisi Rory Gianni
What Three Words 3 words to address the world Krishma Nayee
Crisis Net Chris Albon
16:00-17:00 Missing Maps (Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders) Crowdsourcing and OSM: How volunteers are helping MSF to save lives Pete Masters
17:00-17:30 Closing Discussion
17:30-18:30 Drinks Introduction to editing Openstreetmap and wikipedia



Todays lectures will be held at Edinburgh Center for Carbon Innovation. Our map shows them here.

Sponsorship and Backing

We are honoured to be sponsored by Edinburgh University Global Development Academy Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team

Background Information from the World Bank

Open Data for Resilience Initiative: Planning an Open Cities Mapping Project report presented by OpenCitiesProject Backers included Worldbank, GFDRR, American Red Cross, Humanitarian Openstreetmap TeamDevelopment Seed, USAID Humanitarian Information Unit

Background of is similar to Wikipedia except we make maps. Our map is editable by anyone using a standard web browser. We have been mapping now for over 10 years and have over two million registered users. We are expanding by doubling our size approximately every one and a half years. Our work has now been recognised by the United Nations, World Bank, World Health Organisation, United States State Department, Red Cross, Medicins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). We have a large number of our users who are interested in Humanitarian work.

Please see an introductory Video

Live Video

We plan to make the talks available on video and if possible streamed live.

The current plan is to stream the first session on YouTube