Technology Applications and Knowledge Transfer - leveraging the crowd for a better UN

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Francesco Pisano presentation in the Digital Storytelling, Crowdsourcing and Science Education for International Research and Training symposium

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Technology Applications and Knowledge Transfer - leveraging the crowd for a better UN

  1. 1. Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) from technology applications to collaborative mapping: involving people in the work of the UN Francesco Pisano Director of Research August 2013
  2. 2. 2Introduction to UNITAR What is UNITAR? The mission of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research is to deliver innovative training and conduct research on knowledge systems to develop the capacity of the UN and its Member States Since its inception in 1963: world wide network of partnerships; unique expertise, knowledge, and experience; 40,000 professionals trained each year Growing demand from Member States and UN agencies for professional training and capacity development Areas covered: Governance, Environment, Peace-Security- Diplomacy, Technology Applications and Knowledge Systems.
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  4. 4. 4 GIS THE POWER OF WHERE
  5. 5. 1960 (Corona) 5 SAME LOCATION, 2010, Commercial (GeoEye-1) THE POWER OF IMAGERY
  6. 6. Text 0.6 m resolution
  7. 7. Text 15 m resolution
  8. 8. SATELLITE ANALYSIS Humanitarian Aid and Relief Coordination • Crisis & Situational Mapping • Damage assessment Human Security Monitoring Human Rights Safety and Security Territorial Planning and Monitoring Capacity Development & Technical Assistance In-country project development 8
  9. 9. 9 REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE IN NEED: RAPID MAPPING & HUMAN SECURITY MAPPING
  10. 10. 10 Analytical Reports • Situational Awareness • Decision-making • Situation monitoring • Reporting and illustration • Negotiation • Tactical field coordination • Monitoring Violations of Human Rights / IHL ADVANCED ANALYSIS
  11. 11. 11 Example: RAPID MAPPING
  12. 12. 12Example: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
  13. 13. 13 Example: IMPACT MONITORING
  14. 14. Example: CAMP MONITORING
  15. 15. 15 REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE WE NEED: CROWD SOURCING AND COLLABORATIVE MAPPING
  16. 16. www.crowdcrafting.org • Social Media • Crowd Sourcing • and the power of collaborative thinking
  17. 17. Thailand floods 2011: Crowd sourced (blue) live feeds Professional assessment live feeds (green) Satellite image detected flood: Red
  18. 18. •Links photos by shared landmarks • Game-like, similar to “memory” • Greatly increases number of geotagged photos 18
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  20. 20. Deforestation is responsible for almost 20% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG). Photo by Leonardo F. Freitas http://flic.kr/p/3eQWSk License: (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) ForestWatchers
  21. 21. The goal: build a global network of volunteers to monitor forests across the world with limited means of self monitoring using a web application Photo by Kevin McGarr http://flic.kr/p/aNVsh License: (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  22. 22. • DEMO VIDEO here
  23. 23. 25 UNOSAT GOOGLE AND YOU
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  25. 25. 27 UN Geographic Data BEFORE Google Map Maker

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