International Crisis Mappers Conference

Top five videos from the recent International Conference of Crisis Mappers. First one is of Cambodia. More about Crisis Mappers here.

ICCM 2012: Taylor Owen: Historical Mapping and the US Bombardment of Cambodia

Taylor Owen mapped 200,000 sortie attacks against Cambodian villages during the US campaign in the 1970s, using IBM punchcard data released during the Clinton era. Exploring the evidence, Owen fact checks Nixon’s statements, finding bombardment began 4 years before the attacks, and that Kissinger bombed civilian villages, contrary to his claims. This bombing campaign contributed to radicalizing the population, enhancing support for the genocidal Khmer Rouge that was to come. @taylor_owen

ICCM 2012: Josh Campbell, Imagery to the Crowd

Josh Campbell from the Humanitarian Information Unit at the US Department of State, discusses building a framework to support sharing high-resolution satellite imagery with the volunteer technical community, for improved disaster response and development projects. Crowdsourcing enables the humanitarian response community to have access to road maps being rapidly improved with updated, detailed information, demonstrated initially by the Humanitarian Open Street Map team’s work on the Haiti Crisis Map. Josh examines how sharing high-resolution satellite imagery with the crowd will help improve crisis maps, discussing two prototype projects: 1. live mapping refugee camps in the Horn of Africa and 2. generating fire risk maps of Gulu, Uganda. @disruptivegeo.

ICCM 2012: Clionadh Raleigh: Armed Conflict Location Events Data (ACLED)

Clionadh Raleigh describes what we have learned from the first and most comprehensive micro-level data on conflict events in Africa, the Armed Conflict Location Events Dataset (ACLED). ACLED records all reported politically-motivated violent events in Africa since 1997. We have learned, for example, that the agents of violence have substantially changed over the past 15 years. In addition, while the number of civil wars in Africa has gone down in this period, the number of events has increased. @acledinfo

ICCM 2012: John Crowley, Connecting Grassroots & Government: Building the Interface at Camp Roberts

ohn Crowley organizes quarterly field experiments at Camp Roberts, a safe space for experimentation for development and disaster response. These RELIEF experiments [Research and Experimentation for Local and International First-Responders] help connect and craft coordination between the grassroots (the crowd and the volunteer technical community) and government agencies. The Civil Air Patrol Disaster Imagery project, Imagery to the Crowd, and other projects show that we can make strides toward achieving what was thought to be impossible. A must-see. @jcrowley

ICCM 2012: Brian Root, Human Rights Watch: Mapping Immigration Detention & Transfer

Brian Root & his team with Human Rights Watch mapped 5.4 million events of immigration transfer and detention over 10 years, observing remarkable patterns. Mapping was an important tool for sparking reform and policy change. @brian_root

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