Jun 26, 2011

UNOSAT, Google and World Bank announce second collaborative mapping event for southern Sudan

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Following the successful “mapathon” that took place in Washington in April 2011, The World Bank, UNOSAT, and Google.org are confirming their engagement in pursuing the collaborative effort to map important locations in southern Sudan with the support of the Sudanese people themselves by organising a second event in Nairobi, Kenya on June 30, 2011.

Like the first, this second happening aims at unleashing the power of collaborative mapping to support the building of the world’s soon-to-be-newest independent nation. Without basic geospatial information, it is difficult for the government, civil society, development partners, and other stakeholders to evaluate risks and assess needs, target efforts, and mobilize proper resources. The first collaborative mapping event held in April at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. together with a parallel event in Nairobi saw more than 90 members of the Sudanese diaspora, along with regional experts gathered together to map what is expected to become the world’s newest country.

Who’s organizing?
The event is being organized by:
Google, The World Bank, UNOSAT, RCMRD and Satellite Sentinel

Who’s coming?
We’ve invited members of the Sudanese diaspora and others who have current local geographic knowledge of the country, to help map features they’re aware of.

Can anyone attend the event?
Participation is by invitation only (see details here). Please check back for information about future events.

Past events?
The first one was held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., alongside a concurrent satellite event in Nairobi. More than 90 members of the Sudanese diaspora, along with regional experts from the World Bank, Sudan Institute, Voices for Sudan, The Enough Project and other organizations gathered together to map South Sudan.

For more information please visit the event’s site