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New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development

Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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The  Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and InterAction in partnership with the World Bank Institute (WBI), Social Development Network Information Solutions (SDNIS) and the World Bank Civil Society Team invite you to a half-day workshop on free and open source GIS mapping tools.  Please join us at the World Bank, Washington D.C on May 3rd, 2012 to learn more about how NGOs, the World Bank, and other organizations are utilizing open geographic data and mapping tools creating new opportunities for strengthening disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief and sustainable development.

This unique event will feature hands-on demonstrations and provide training to participants of the free and open tools currently available. In addition, real-world examples of interventions that have successfully incorporated mapping will be presented.  Whether you are just starting out using mapping in your work or already have GIS specialists on staff, this is an opportunity to discuss key trends, best practices and lessons learned. Presenters will showcase case studies of mapping tools and technologies, introduce some of the most popular geo tools, discuss free sources of open geo data, and assist project managers and implementers to incorporate these innovations into their work.  

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm with reception to follow

Place: The World Bank – Preston Auditorium

           1818 H Street NW

            Washington, D.C. 20433


1:00 – 1:10 pm           Opening Remarks

John Garrison, Head of Civil Society Team, World Bank

Suzanne Kindervatter, Vice President, Strategic Impact, InterAction


1:10 – 2:10 pm           Opening Plenary

Moderator: Julie Montgomery,Director for Innovation and Learning, InterAction


Abby Baca, Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

Mikel Maron, Co-Director of GroundTruth Initiative and President, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Susana Rojas Williams, Director, International Shelter Initiatives - Global Programs, Habitat for Humanity


2:10 – 2:45 pm           Ignite Talks

What's the role of open data in development: Tariq Khokar, Open Data Evangelist, World Bank

NGO Aid Map: Laia Grino, Manager, Transparency, Accountability and Results, InterAction

Mapping for Results:  Sören Gigler, Senior Governance Specialist, Innovation Practice, World Bank Institute

2 years of work of the OpenStreetMap project in Haiti: Nicolas Chavent, Coordinator, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Youth, Mapping and Local Governance: Linda Raftree, Senior Advisor, ICT4D, Plan USA 

Mapping as a Gateway Drug: Community Mapping for Project Preparation and Disaster Response:  Laurent Besançon, ICT Program Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa, World Bank 


2:45 – 3:15 pm           Coffee Break                                            

3:15 – 5:15 pm           Hands-on Workshops

Each workshop will last 30 minutes. Participants will be able to attend three workshops. See separate sheet with workshop descriptions.


Building Fast and Beautiful Maps for the Web with TileMill: Alex Barth, Developer + Strategist, MapBox

Institutionalizing GIS: Robert Banick, GIS Analyst, International Services, American Red Cross

iMMAP Spatial Forces: Better Data, Better Decisions, Better Outcomes: Chuck Conley, CIO, iMMAP

Introduction to OpenStreetMap: Kate Chapman, Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

World Bank Implementation of ArcGIS Online for Accessing and Using Geospatial Development Data: Benjamin Stewart, GIS analyst, SDNIS, World Bank and Evan Caldwell, Solution Engineer, Esri

Geo-enabling data: practical examples from Liberia and Malawi: Stephen Davenport, Senior Director, Business Development/Partnerships, Development Gateway

Sharing Disaster Data with GeoNode: Ariel Nunez, Consultant, GFDRR, World Bank

Beyond Maps to Mobile Enabled Citizen Participation and Representation: Kaushal Jhalla, World Bank Institute


5:15 – 5:30 pm           Coffee Break

5:30 – 6:00 pm           Closing Remarks

Francis Ghesquiere, Manager, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank

Aleem Walji, Practice Manager, Innovation Team, World Bank Institute

Suzanne Kindervatter, Vice President, Strategic Impact, InterAction


6:00 – 7:30 pm           Reception


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The World Bank
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Washington, DC 20433

Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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