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Published on September 4th, 2012 | by EJC


Event: Maps, The Power Of The Crowd & Big Data Verification

Crowdsourced information can play a crucial role in unexpected circumstances like political uprisings and natural disasters. But how can the data best be verified and what is the role of the media?

With the expansion of social media and live mapping, crowdsourced information has begun to play a significant role in unanticipated and volatile circumstances such as natural disasters and political uprisings.

So is it possible for humans to replace algorithms in certain situations?

Volunteer contributions have the potential to save lives and support local communities, but the real challenge is verifying crowdsourced information and “big data” – particularly in crisis situations that impose significant time constraints.

In this session, participants will join mainstream and new media journalists, humanitarian leaders, expert mappers, and media academics to discuss:

  • How are society and media ownership changing in the digital age?
  • How is crowdsourced information being used for conflict/crisis mapping? What are the advantages and limitations?
  • What is the role of journalists? Will they be the ones curating the crowdsourced content?

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Charlie Beckett, Director, London School of Economics (LSE) Polis
  • Matthew Eltringham, Founding Editor, BBC UGC Hub
  • Patrick Meier, Co-Director, Crisis Mappers
  • David Clinch, Editorial Director, Storyful
  • Erik van Heeswijk, Digital Editor-in-Chief, VPRO
  • Helena Puig Larrauri, Co-founder, The Standby Task Force (SBTF)
  • Harry Wood, Board of Directors, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
  • Wilfried Ruetten, Director, European Journalism Centre

Organised by the European Journalism Centre as part of the PICNIC fesitival in Amsterdam, the session will showcase state-of-the-art crisis maps, based on the contributions of thousands of volunteers.

Time & Date: 13:30 – 17:15 on Monday 17 September, 2012
Location: EYE Film Institute
Venue: Cinema 2
Registration: http://www.eventpartners04.nl/Default.aspx?alias=www.eventpartners04.nl/picnic
Promo Code: ejc30P1C


Photo: Eric Fischer

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