I hope you will wind this mid-year newsletter interesting.
I'm also using this opportunity to acknowledge the substantive awareness and communication work undertaken by our volunteers and staffs, to advocate what a high-quality and widely available geographic information can bring to the humanitarian sector.
This have been visible through the launch of our CartoBlog (I advise you to visit it frequently!), through the many events we have attended and/or at which we have delivered trainings since the beginning of the year (Citizentic, GISfortheUN, SOTM, journées Décryptagéo, FOSS4G, Marché des Continents in Chambéry, Salon des Solidarités in Paris, various courses…), and last but not least by the preparation of GeOnG - which needs no introduction - to which we're eager to host you for its 4th edition!
Thanks to all our partners, members and volunteers for their renewed support. Have a nice summer, and see you on September 22 and 23rd in Chambéry!
Maeve de France,
PS : CartONG's general assembly and Get2gether in February gave us an opportunity to give an update between staff, members and volunteers. We have however not been able to finish yet our 2013 annual report due to a very high level of activity during the first semester. We apologized for the inconvenience and will make our best to issue it as soon as possible.
GeOnG 2014: registrations open!
GeOnG is back! The Forum of Geographic Information for Relief and Development will be held September 22nd and 23rd. Intended to promote the sharing of experience and discussions between geographic information specialists and humanitarian actors, this year’s GeOnG will focus on "turning data into actionable knowledge".
Given the large number of data collection tools and means to access and store data discussed in previous GeOnG (2010 and 2012), we now face a situation never seen before: large amounts of data become available within hours/days of the onset of an emergency and many NGOs share their data publicly. As a result, our ability to process data and turn it into relevant information has become a crucial skill. This year’s GeOnG will therefore be an opportunity to learn more about data analysis tools, to discuss successful experiences and issues.
We are preparing a full program including :
Our exclusive keynote speaker, Dr. Philippe Calain from MSF-CH will open the debates on the topic of ethics in data management
A plenary session with specialists to address this year's theme
Thematic roundtables: Viral data: information in health and epidemiology interventions; When citizens get involved: volunteers and crowdsourcing; Access and use of satellite imagery; From the headquarters to the field, data analysis, vizualisation and data sharing; Indicators on the go: maintening and knowing when to change; Data for donors...
Hands-on workshops on innovative tools or data management essentials (planned so far: dataviz tools, ODK 2.0, OSM and mobile mapping, designing multi-stakeholders surveys, post-processing and using UAV imagery, R platform, advanced Excel, HXL, GeoJSON, and much more!)
Introducing the speed geeking, which will allow projects managers to present their ideas with small group of participants
You can find the complete agenda (still in progress!) on our website.
Get in touch with us if you wish to hold a session (plenary, workshop, working group) or present a project during the speed geeking session. If you have ideas that you think should be presented or if would like to learn about a specific tool during a workshop, please let us know! We are also looking for partners, who will join or fist sponsors ESRI and the Chambéry city council to support GeOnG financially.
Sign-up now on our website:
Register quickly if you want to benefit from our early bird rates!
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Missions & projects
The beginning of 2014 has been busy for our team, pursuing activities started in 2013 and developing projects with new partners who gave us their trust. After a year 2013 almost exclusively dedicated to data management, mapping has taken back its place in our work. In short:
We kept on supporting the UNHCR's Public Health section Nutrition Survey (SENS) through mobile data collection, adding up to the documentation already available for them and starting a brainstorming on the use of online tools.
We undertook a mission with the Joint IDPs Profiling Service (JIPS, a humanitarian consortium led by UNHCR) in Ivory Coast to support a survey on Internal Displaced People situation in this country.
We went in Iraq supporting International Media Support which realized a survey on information and communication means access condition for refugees, especially Syrian, in Kurdistan
We trained IMPACT Initiatives' local partners in Turkey on ArcGIS. This training will shortly be followed by a second one on smartphone data collection (ODK).
We implemented another training session in Turkey for the NGO Kader, which helps Syrian refugees and IDPs with the support of the Foundation Caritas Luxembourg. We supported them on data collection via the Formhub platform (derivated from ODK) and mapping.
Within the frame of the three year partnership signed with the UNICEF Western and Central Africa Regional Office, we deployed an information manager in Bangui (Central African Republic) to back up the crisis response mechanism, especially on data use and sharing.
As part of the NOMAD consortium, we are currently providing remote support to the Education Cluster Mali for a survey on schools in the Northern part of the country. This survey is conducted with Magpi.
Another volunteer project which made great progress is the Madagascar solidarity activities portal. The project team was able to produce a first website pilot (http://madagascar.cartong.org). They are currently waiting for data and partners willing to help them filling the blanks, do not hesitate contacting them at Madagascar@volunteers.cartong.org. We hope to be able to launch the definitive portal in September.
The second part of the year will surely be as busy, especially with the follow-up of the activities we started with UNHCR and MSF-CH, but also with other missions and partners!
- The CartONG team