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Welcome to URISA’s 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference! The conference showcases technology solutions, research, and effective practices for GIS applications in the Caribbean. Network with students, young professionals, managers and those who are leading the adoption of  GIS in the Caribbean. Follow the #CaribbeanGIS hashtag for updates and announcements. Creating an attendee profile within Sched DOES NOT REGISTER you for the conference or specific workshops. You must register for the conference here.
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Wednesday, September 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
URISA Caribbean Chapter Update and Keynote Address: OpenStreetMap and Crowdsourced Geospatial Data in Disaster Management

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Hear about chapter activities and then what should be an inspiring Keynote Address from Tyler Radford of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap and Crowdsourced Geospatial Data in Disaster Management
Many of the places most affected are also the least mapped - with large gaps in base maps of key infrastructure including roads, buildings, and waterways. Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, HOT has mobilized more than 20,000 volunteers to map areas affected by natural hazards, both before, during, and after disaster. This mapping utilizes OpenStreetMap and engages volunteers through a participatory process both online and on the ground. The resulting maps and map data can be used in GIS tools and GPS devices both for navigation and analysis during disaster response and to plan risk reduction programs. HOT partners with many humanitarian organizations including the Red Cross as well as national and regional disaster management agencies to train and equip staff with the tools and resources to utilize OpenStreetMap in their work. 

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Craig Batstone

Managing Director, GeoOrbis, Inc
Craig Batstone is the owner of GeoOrbis.  He has over 20 years of GIS experience in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.  He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, with Honours Urban and Regional Planning, from the University of Waterloo.

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Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap
Tyler currently serves as Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (known as "HOT"). He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused, technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations Secretariat, and for Fortune 500 firms as a private sector consultant... Read More →

Wednesday September 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Needhams Ballroom 1&2

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