Digital Media Network 6 - Digital media for social good
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The sixth Digital Media Network event will take place in the Eldon building, home of the University of Portsmouth's Department of Creative and Cultural Industries, and will feature talks from some very special guests.
The theme of this edition of the Digital Media Network is digital media for social good. We will hear how digital media can be a powerful tool in the coordination and creation of maps for emergency responders in extremely vulnerable scenarios. We will also hear about how digital media can be an incredible platform for citizen science.
Speakers confirmed to date include:
Ralph Aytoun, Cartographic Expert & Volunteer, Missing Maps Project, will talk about the Missing Maps project, an open collaboration founded by Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT), Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), American Red Cross and the British Red Cross to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs, and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.
Naomi Morris, Programme Manager, Humanitarian Sector, UN, will talk about the “on the ground” benefits that volunteer mapping has made to her experiences of being deployed by the UN to disaster zones, such as Burkina Faso in 2009 in response to the flooding and responding to the Haiti earthquake in 2010, to help multiply the efficiency of emergency response through information management and mapping.
Dr Richard Teeuw, Leader of Disaster Risk Reduction, Centre for Applied Geoscience, will talk about the centre’s research to develop cost-effective but robust vulnerability assessment procedures for those states that lack the funding or technological infrastructure to use what can be expensive and inaccessible proprietary data and software.
Zooniverse the Zooniverse is home to the Internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects. The Zooniverse works with many academic and other partners around the world to produce projects that use the efforts and ability of volunteers to help scientists and researchers deal with the flood of data that confronts them.
As with each Network event we will also be celebrating the wealth of creative practises in the area, and will be joined by practitioners who are based in city and around the Solent region.
The event will take place from 6 - 8pm at the University of Portsmouth, Eldon Building West Wing. The entrance to the building is on Middle Street. The venue is less than 10 minutes from Portsmouth and Southsea train station.
The Digital Media Network is run by Creative Network South in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.
In Addition, the following evening, 25th March, there will be a Mapathon in conjunction with the Missing Maps project, where you will have the opportunity to contribute in a real way to a genuine disaster response in vulnerable places in the developing world by spending an evening mapping a currently unmapped zone. Event details here : http://missingmapsportsmouth.eventbrite.co.uk
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Creative Network South and the University of Portsmouth
Creative Network South represents organisations in the private, public and education sectors working together to support the development of the creative economy, improving employment, employability and entrepreneurship in the region.