Reflections on the Secondary Cities Initiative

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Blue Room, Omni, East
Organizers: The American Association of Geographers, Lee Schwartz
Chairs: Melinda Laituri


Since 2015, the Secondary Cities (2C) Initiative has developed a global network of universities, non-governmental organizations, and local government to generate local, geospatial data for emergency preparedness, resiliency, and human security. Focusing on low-income and mid-income countries, the 2C Initiative spans 16 cities in as many countries. A panel will discuss the status of the initiative, lessons learned, and highlight initial outcomes. The 2C Initiative hosts the 2C Geonode where all data are posted and shared. Challenges to implementing a global project are both technical (i.e., interoperability across tools and platforms) and cultural (i.e., languages). Success is measured in the 2C partner efforts to generate data and the training of the next generation of geospatial experts.n


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Laura Cline U.S. Department of State 20
Discussant Candice Luebbering American Association of Geographers 10
Discussant Zan Dodson American Association of Geographers 10
Discussant Candida Mannozzi American Association of Geographers 10

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