Today was my second opportunity to present to Public Journalism Club in Yereven, at the invitation of Seda Muradyan. This a group of journalists, working with new technologies and approaches, especially for the upcoming election. It’s excellent to present GroundTruth’s experiences, particularly Map Kibera’s 2010 Referundum monitoring, which shows how maps and journalism can really connect for a powerful story.
That’s a very small video of me, talking to a patient audience through a translator. I’m still amazed that anything like this is possible on our planet.
The group has set up an Ushahidi instance, with OpenStreetMap base map, to monitor elections: http://iditord.org/. Look forward to seeing how the Armenian election develops.
Our final lap! If you’re in NYC, hope to see you at one of these events. Or get in touch for us to meet up.
- On Tuesday, April 19, 1pm, we’re presenting a Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Room 411, International Affairs Building uni map osm.
- Later that evening, we’re going to attend the groan inducing pun but cool people attending, ICT4Drinks.
- On Thursday, a “Greenbag” talk at CIESIN, on the Lamont-Doherty Campus, room 207 Geoscience Building. (Here’s the shuttle bus info, I’m taking the 11am)
- Next Tuesday, taking part in a panel on the Disaster Response 2.0 report at the US Mission to the United Nations
We’ll be in Boston next week! Giving talks and connecting with heroes. We’re updating on all things Map Kibera, our reflections on the past year, and opening doors for what’s next with GroundTruth. If you’re in Boston, gives us a shout!
- Tuesday afternoon we’re at Tufts Fletcher School for a lecture, followed by a mapping party with the crisis mapping class. This lecture is open to outside attendees, I think, so let us know if you want details.
- Wednesday afternoon we’re talking with fellows and staff at the Berkman Center.
- Thursday afternoon we’re at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media.
- Friday evening taking part in the disaster simulation with HHI’s Humanitarian Studies Course.
Abstract for the talks…
Mikel Maron and Erica Hagen, founders of Map Kibera and GroundTruth Initiative, will present their work in Kenya with Map Kibera, featuring digital mapping using OpenStreetMap, citizen video journalism and SMS-based reporting in the Kibera and Mathare slums. They will also discuss recent work in Haiti and ongoing research on participatory development and technology with the Institute for Development Studies. Particular focus will be on the challenges inherent in community-level participatory technology and media work.
After Boston, back down to NYC, details in development.