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Friday, June 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tech Demos: Getting direction with maps

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HexaMaps: create maps, with your imagination as the sole limit! (Hexastack)

Speakers: Bechir Nemlaghi and Soraya Bha

HexaMaps is a platform that allow non-developers to create interactive map visualizations. You will find out how easy it is to create awesome maps! You will tell us what you want to see next. And you will get free subscription to HexaMaps :)

Mapping the Fate of the Dead in North Korea with Free and Open Source Software & Data (Transitional Justice Working Group)

Speakers: Dan Bielefeld  

For the last four years, the Transitional Justice Working Group's mapping project has interviewed North Korean escapees living in South Korea in an effort to determine where the victims of the regime have been killed and buried. We'll start with a brief mention about the human rights situation in North Korea and transitional justice as an approach going beyond just human rights. The heart of the talk will present the mapping system we've developed, the challenges we've faced building it, and how many of these have been partially or fully addressed using free and open source software and data (FOSSD). We rely on QGIS for mapping and data visualization, PostgreSQL + PostGIS for our database, Google Earth for satellite imagery, and OpenStreetMap and others for map data. This presentation will draw from TJWG's second mapping report, to be released in May 2019 and tentatively entitled, "Mapping the Fate of the Dead: Killings, Disappearances and Burials in North Korea."

Who's Funding This, Anyway? Learn How to Use Kumu to Map Networks of Influence (Columbia University)

Speakers: Madiha Zahrah

In this Tech Demo, you will learn the basics of how to use Kumu and Gephi, open-source network analysis tools that illustrate relationships using nodes and connections that can be defined according to type and magnitude. We will cover everything from conceptualizing your network to nailing the minute details of coding your data. As an example, we'll be drawing from our experience in visualizing the networks that exist behind the creation of consumer technologies. Specifically, we'll focus on the ecosystem surrounding AI: who funds research and commercial products, in what amount, what companies and universities have generated research, and who the key stakeholders are in each branch of the network. While this example will serve as the basis of our workshop, the potential areas for applying your new network analysis skills are as diverse as your own domains of expertise. We believe that empowering you to use these tools will help our community map out the systems with which we interact, and, thanks to the connections revealed by our analyses, think more critically about the technology we encounter.

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Bechir Nemlaghi


Dan Bielefeld

Transitional Justice Working Group

Madiha Zahrah Choksi

Columbia University

Friday June 14, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Limes (Laico)