Lessons from Haiti and Beyond: Report from the 2010 International Conference on Crisis Mapping

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Over 250 participants from around the world gathered in Boston for the second annual International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) at Tufts and Harvard Universities from October 1 to 3, 2010. The conference, an outgrowth of The International Network of Crisis Mappers (www. crisismappers.net), was launched at the end of the first conference held at John Carroll University in October 2009, and cofounded by Jen Ziemke and Patrick Meier. The network serves as a hub for professionals from the humanitarian, human rights, policy, technology, and research communities and has over 1,000 members in more than thirty countries across six continents.
ICCM 2010, which was partially funded by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, drew participants from several UN agencies (including the Secretary General’s Office, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, and the WFP), the World Bank, USIP, ICC, NATO, Google, Microsoft, ESRI, Amnesty International, Ushahidi, and Internews, among other organizations and universities.
“Haiti and Beyond,” the topic of this year’s conference, followed the high-profile use of crisis mapping in response to the Haiti earthquake as detailed in the USIP Special Report “Crowdsourcing Information in Disaster Affected Communities.” ICCM provided participants an opportunity to discuss the lessons learned in Haiti as well as the challenges and opportunities for crisis mapping as a developing field.