The International Network of Crisis Mappers (Crisis Mappers Net) is the largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection of humanitarian crises, new technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping. The Crisis Mappers Network was launched at the first International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) in 2009. As the world's premier humanitarian technology forum, we engage 6,000+ members in over 160 countries, who are affiliated with over 3,000 different institutions, including more than 400 universities, 50 United Nations agencies & projects, first responders operating in both the civilian and military space, dozens of leading technology companies, several volunteer & technical community networks and global, national, and local humanitarian and disaster response and recovery organizations.
Crisis Mappers leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies. As information scientists we also attempt to extract meaning from mass volumes of real-time data exhaust.
Crisis Mappers Net is not an organization or institution, and deliberately so. All of us have very different goals, aims, strengths, interests, and backgrounds. As a network, we offer a neutral space for conversation and information sharing. As volunteer administrators, Jen & Patrick work to support the annual conference, host webinars on topics of interest, & manage the website & google group to facilitate collaboration. Thus, is the important work of the members themselves that makes this group what it is.
Crisis Mappers Net hosts an annual conference event, the ICCM. This event showcases best practices and most recent contributions, innovations, and deployments from the global community. While we connect and collaborate on projects virtually throughout the year, we feel it has never been more important to reconnect face-to-face in order to help build relationships, discuss common challenges, share lessons learned from past deployments and anticipate next steps together. We hope you can make it to New York this fall for ICCM 2014.
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