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Portland 501 Tech Club, September 4

Maps 2.0, Google Earth, and GPS: What’s New, What Works

Mark September 4 on your calendar for the next Portland 501 Tech Club, at the Lucky Lab NW (19th and Quimby), where HumaniNet will present a status report on our Maps 2.0 initiative, which is exploring ready-to-use Web-based mapping tools for humanitarian and nonprofit organizations.

Dylan Myers, a digital mapping specialist at Google Maps, will also be there to answer your questions on the ever-expanding toolkit of Google Maps and Google Earth. Along with Daphne Karypis (now in Kabul), Dylan was a key member of a Mercy Corps team that conducted a GIS (geospatial information systems) project in Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami.

Conversation and networking begin at 5 p.m.  At 6 p.m., Gregg Swanson and Matt Blair of HumaniNet will briefly discuss the initial findings of the research, which is based on interviews with aid and relief managers in Afghanistan, Sudan, Singapore, London, and – not least - Portland.

Among the topics: some notes from Matt on emerging Web 2.0 social mapping services, including the promise and pitfalls of 'crowd-sourced' geospatial data.

Following Q&A, you can meet Dylan, see demos, exchange ideas, practice your “geo-geek speak,” and learn more about what online maps can do for your project or organization.

Also joining us, from Washington D.C., will be Justin Perkins, an online marketing expert and Nonprofit Services Director of Care2, the largest online social network empowering civically active people to "make a difference."

The 501 Tech Club event is co-sponsored by NTEN.

For nonprofit managers and others interested in GIS: an in in-depth workshop on Maps 2.0, Google Earth, and other topics will be held on the afternoon of September 4. Attendees will:
* hear a full presentation on the findings and analysis of Maps 2.0, with discussion following
* discuss trends with Dylan Myers of Google Maps, who will be available to answer questions
* get a better understanding of Google tools and the Google Outreach program
* get a hands-on demo of GPS, to include posting the locations on Google Earth
* learn different ways that Google tools can be used for nonprofit and humanitarian benefit
* get Matt Blair’s perspective on Web 2.0 social mapping services
* network with other nonprofit managers and GIS practitioners

The workshop will be held at Mercy Corps, from 2:00 – 4:00. As space is limited to maintain a small-group format, a $35 registration will be charged in advance. Those interested should contact HumaniNet at There are only ten openings for the workshop, on a first-to-register basis.

Maps 2.0 has been made possible through a generous grant of the Meyer Memorial Trust and contributions from our other donors. You may help support this project with an online donation at our “Donate Now” button.

Posted August 19, 2008


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