Since I attended one of the CartONG conferences it is my pleasure to invite for such an event: 2018 GeOnG conference, the Humanitarian Data Forum that will happen on October 29-31 in Chambéry.

Organized by CartONG, the GeOnG addresses the use of data in the humanitarian & development sectors, including topics related to mapping & GIS, mobile data collection, information management, and more generally the use of new technologies by humanitarian organizations – as you can see in our 2018 GeOnG teaser. It’s one of the biggest independent forum on the topic in Europe, with an average of 140 participants from 70 organizations in the last two editions.

This year’s theme is: “Perfection” versus “Good Enough” in Information Management: Adjusting to context, scale, phase, and funding. The organizers have planned together with several members of the HOT/OSM ecosystem many sessions that would be very relevant for you I think; including:

A panel discussion on „Machine Learning & AI on satellite imagery for mapping“ (much linked with the discussion started by Nate a few weeks ago )
A panel discussion on „What business model for digital commons in the humanitarian sector?“ with several project examples inc. the Tasking Manager
A workshop ran by Gaurav from the Kathmandu Living Lab on „Maps with and for the beneficiaries“
A workshop by the team from University of Heidelberg on advanced use of OSM data

But also many more sessions & trainings on data protection, coding on Git, basic & advanced GIS, data collection, webmapping, etc.

You can register to the GeOnG directly here, and also find there the practical information to plan your trip to Chambéry (very nice located!), a provisional agenda that we will update as sessions get confirmed.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences ( His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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