Google – World Bank hosted South Sudan Mapping Event in Washington DC on April 28, 2011 in Preston Auditorium, World Bank.
What does the event hope to accomplish?
Following the historic referendum in South Sudan, Google and the World Bank are co-hosting an event to demonstrate the power of mapping to support the building of the world’s soon-to-be-newest independent nation. South Sudan is a huge region that is poorly mapped today. Without basic geospatial information, it is difficult for the government, civil society, development partners, and all stakeholders to evaluate risks and current needs, target their efforts, and mobilize proper resources. At times like these, it is critical to have good maps of roads, settlements, buildings and other services, with both local and official names. During this day-long event, Google and the World Bank hope to empower NGOs and the Sudanese diaspora community using Google Map Maker technology to help create comprehensive maps of the region.
The event is being organized by Google Map Maker, Google Crisis Response, Google Dot Org, World Bank Institute (WBI), Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), andUNITAR/UNOSAT.
We've invited members of the Sudanese diaspora and others who have current local geographic knowledge of the country, to help map features they're aware of.
Can anyone attend the event?
Participation is by invitation only (see details here). Please check back for information about future events.