To identify and discuss the current state of knowledge, research gaps and a future research agenda in the field of digital humanitarianism, we are holding a workshop in London, UK. Through the workshop we aim to establish a global network of scholars, development practitioners, digital developers and policy-makers working on digital humanitarianism.

The workshop will combine case studies and roundtable discussions with a mapathon (‘mapping marathon’). The mapathon will deploy the data emerging from the discussions to actively illustrate the main topics arising from digital humanitarianism and will be virtually open world-wide to anyone with a laptop, internet connection and interest in participating.

The workshop will be organised around three thematic areas:

  1. Data and Governance:investigating how data and digital platforms are reshaping humanitarian governance.
  2. Applied Data: examining how public and private institutions make use of data to support decision-making in humanitarian work.
  3. Resilience: analysing how digital humanitarianism can engender resilience.

Held on Friday 15th February 2019 at Strand Campus, King’s College London (KCL), the programme is shown below with speaker biographies available here.

10:00–10:10 Opening by David Nelken, KCL

10:10–12:00 Session 1: Data and Governance. Chair Serena Natile (Brunel)

  • Jonathan Gray (KCL, Digital Humanities and Public Data Lab) Data Witnessing: Attending to Human Rights Situation with Data in Amnesty International’s Decoders Initiative
  • Mirca Madianou (Goldsmiths) Data and Innovation in Humanitarianism
  • Fleur Johns and Caroline Compton (UNSW) UNSW Digital Humanitarianism Project
  • Ana Camelo and Vitor Ido (FGV Brazil and South Centre Geneva) Digital Humanitarianism in time of socio-environmental disasters: A view from Brazil
  • Discussion

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:40 Session 2: Applied Data. Chair James Millington (KCL)

  • Derek Groen (Brunel, Computer Science) Mapping data to refugee simulations: where could they arrive and how could society help them?
  • William Derban (GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation)
  • Allan Davids (Digital Financial Innovation Lab University of Cape Town) Financial Innovation Lab: FinTech in South Africa
  • Blessing Mancitshana (SDI South Africa Alliance) [remotely] Community Organisation Resource Centre Digital Data Collection
  • Discussion

14:40–15:00 Coffee

15:00–16:30 Session 3: Resilience. Chair Faith Taylor (Uni of Portsmouth)

  • Innocent Maholi (Ramani Huria, Dar es Salaam) Community Mapping for Flood Resilience
  • Maud Borie (KCL WhyDAR Project) Mapping (for) resilience across city scales: Insights from Cape Town and Nairobi
  • Ian Coady (DFID and MapAction) Using geospatial as a framework for development
  • Discussion

16:30–17:00 Closing Comments

17:00–19:00 Mapathon

A mapathon is a ‘mapping marathon’ in which people get together to work on a mapping task, often to contribute to Open Street Map with the aim of aiding humanitarian efforts. All are welcome to participate; bring a laptop if you have one or we may be able to provide.

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