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GeOnG Forum on Humanitarian and Development Data

CartONG is calling for session ideas for the 7th GeOnG Forum on Humanitarian and Development Data to be held November 2-4, 2020 in Chambéry (France). The main theme will be: People at the heart of Information Management: promoting responsible and inclusive practices. The Open Call for Suggestions will remain open until the end of May 2020. Registration will open in March 2020.

France
2nd November, 2020 to 4th November, 2020
Event City: 
Chambéry
Event State/Province: 
Savoie
Event cost: 
Paid
Event type: 
Conference

From the open call website: 

Organized by CartONG every two years since 2008, the GeOnG forum gathers humanitarian and development actors and professionals specialized in information management. The GeOnG is dedicated to addressing issues related to data in the humanitarian and development sectors, including topics related to mapping, GIS, data collection & information management. To this end, the forum is designed to allow participants to debate current and future stakes, introduce relevant and innovative solutions and share experience and best practices. The GeOnG is one of the biggest independent fora on the topic in Europe, with an average of 180 participants from 90 organizations in the last three editions.

A few topics we hope to see covered during the 2020 GeOnG Forum:

  • How to better integrate vulnerable populations to the data life cycle with a focus on ensuring that the data collected is particularly representative of populations at risk of discrimination.
  • How to implement the Do No Harm approach in relation to data: simple security & protection measures, streamlining of data privacy rights in programming, algorithmization of data processing, etc.
  • What is the role of the often considered less direct stakeholders of humanitarian and development data (such as civil society actors, governments, etc.) so as to identify clearer pathways to share the data that should be shared for the common good and protect the data that should clearly not be.
  • How to promote data literacy beyond NGO information management and M&E staff to facilitate data-driven decision making.
  • How to ensure that tools and solutions used and promoted by humanitarian and development organizations are also sufficiently user-friendly and inclusive (for instance by limiting in-built biases and promoting human-centric design).