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GITA CrisisCamp Phoenix

Published in Conference, CrisisCommons  |  17 Comments

CrisisCampPhoenix.pngNext week I’ll be at Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) conference joining a panel of illustrious peers that should result in quite a rousing discussion on open data, standards, viable business markets, and good ol’ neogeography. Peter Batty is moderating and includes James Fee, Ron Lake, Steve Coast, and myself.

I’m also giving a talk in the afternoon on Tuesday at GITA about crowd-sourced and volunteer crisis response. I will be discussing the history behind GeoCommons as a means for fast, collaborative map production and analysis, and the amazing work by the global communities such as OpenStreetMap, CrisisMappers, CrisisCommons, Ushahidi, and others as it applies to the advancement of geospatial technology and where it’s leading.

Camp Time!

In talking with the GITA organizers about the communities that responded to Haiti, and in general the ground-swell around technologists in crisis response, they were interested in supporting a CrisisCamp as part of the Conference. So I’m excited to say that there will be a CrisisCamp in Phoenix, Arizona on the Sunday, April 25th before the conference at the convention center. You can register at the EventBrite page

Obviously with so many geospatial people around, it’s going to be very map focused. It’s a great opportunity to look at some of the possible integration of the crowd-sourced data and community tools into more traditional, and analytic, platforms. In CrisisCampDC, volunteers such as Scott Broo did a slope analysis of LIDAR data in analyzing IDP camp placement and potential flood areas. How would GIS experts coordinate with the larger CrisisCommons community to identify and support these types of efforts. What are the other potential uses of LIDAR, remote imaging, surveying, mobile reported data, field analysis and paper map printing. And beyond just maps, we’ll be picking up on the number of CrisisCommons projects that continue to grow and evolve. And if you have ideas, suggest some or discuss on the CrisisCamp Phoenix Wiki page.

If you’re a technologist, volunteer, geospatial expert, NGO, government, or just interested, sign up and stop by and join the community! I hope to see you at CrisisCamp GITA Phoenix, or at the conference itself.

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  1. Cosmetic Dentist Houston says:

    April 2nd, 2011 at 1:03 am (#)

    Do you have some pictures from the event? Im sure it was a great and fun event!

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  2. Jimmy says:

    April 2nd, 2011 at 3:27 am (#)

    Yes, I’d like to see pictures also. The good old neo-geo network, you know? Will catch up soon.

  3. Marrion says:

    April 3rd, 2011 at 3:50 am (#)

    Camps like this are a great opportunity to meet up with people and get some ideas sparkling, because everything is very relaxed. I hope it was a successful event.
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  4. Carlos says:

    April 3rd, 2011 at 9:32 pm (#)

    Yes, being relaxed let’s you network at effective levels. In fact, I’ve set up massage stations and mini-health fairs at business seminars to great effect. West Monroe Chiropractor

  5. Jack says:

    April 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#)

    Looks like a great event, and talk about relevant timing.

    Hope the meeting of minds brought some fruitful results. With all the techologists and geospatial experts I know it did.

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  6. Hundeudstyr says:

    April 5th, 2011 at 11:27 pm (#)

    It’s nice to know that you have been attending conferences like this and it would be very great for us if you can share some thoughts regarding what you have learned about that conference.

  7. Steven Bancroft @ Treadmill Reviews HQ says:

    April 9th, 2011 at 11:36 am (#)

    I’m curious, in your work developing the GeoWeb are you dependent on Google Maps at all? Is that the source or foundation for the work you do?

    I write in the fitness industry and one pretty cool development is integrating Google Maps with fitness equipment so that people can actually replicate terrain on treadmills and exercise bikes. I understand this isn’t your field exactly, but it does illustrate the breadth the GeoWeb offers for practical uses.

  8. Nicole says:

    April 11th, 2011 at 11:45 am (#)

    Jack says:

    April 4th, 2011 at 3:53 pm (#)

    Looks like a great event, and talk about relevant timing.

    Hope the meeting of minds brought some fruitful results. With all the techologists and geospatial experts I know it did.

    >> I couldn’t agree more. It’s good to see great minds at work!

  9. Sue Ellen says:

    April 11th, 2011 at 11:13 pm (#)

    I believe a similar camp was held in the Kananaski Country area, in Alberta, during the summer of 2010. I wonder whether there was any association with this one?

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  10. George says:

    April 13th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (#)

    Google has recently stopped listing MyMaps in it’s local search, said it wasn’t drawing any traffic or interaction enough to warrant continuing to support it.

    Maybe GeoCommons can pick up the slack on the need for personalized mapping.

    In my training at I have instructions on how to use Google’s MyMaps function, geared towards local businesses.


  11. Heather says:

    April 13th, 2011 at 5:53 pm (#)

    How will these emerging open-source mapping systems integrate with legacy GIS applications? It would be a huge integration project.

    Heather @ Buffet Lamps

  12. Lasonya Landford says:

    April 14th, 2011 at 11:04 am (#)

    The interesting part of your talk is crowdsourcing. I have first heard of crowdsourcing from my boss and he has told me its advantages such as getting the work done for cheap and gives more value for money. I have then realized that it is a great marketing tool especially for outsourcing and head hunting.

  13. Gina Jonnson says:

    April 14th, 2011 at 4:31 pm (#)

    So many incredible uses for mapping tools. Protestors in London gave been using GIS tools to follow the movement of the police as they try to contain people on the marches.

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  14. John C says:

    May 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 am (#)

    GITA is a great organization, I had a chance to work with them a couple of times. I’m sure you had a great event.
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  15. Marrion says:

    May 17th, 2011 at 5:23 am (#)

    I had the privilege to attend the Crisis Camp in Phoenix. It was very inspiring to hear all the great speakers and meet so many positive and intelligent people. A1C levels, invitation maker

  16. Brett M says:

    May 17th, 2011 at 1:27 pm (#)

    I have created these before and there quite interesting. It’s great to see with one click where something is or could be. Maps are one of the top networking resources in finding a location.

    Great Article.

  17. Valencia Mancha says:

    February 7th, 2012 at 10:15 am (#)

    I believe the event is such a good avenue to hear the latest developemt on GPS technology. I would like to attend and participate in the discussions. This could really be helpful! Joining conference like this can be considered as best business practice