This month, we are focused on mapping in indigenous communities, today and in the past.
Geoff Wallace from McGill University in Montreal will talk about the historical geography of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula during the colonial era and how he uses GIS to visualize and analyze the extraction of resources from Maya communities. Geoff’s dissertation—out in October!—looks at the history of beeswax in Yucatan and how Yucatec Maya landscapes and trading patterns changed in response to Spanish demand for the commodity.
Rudo Kemper from the Amazon Conservation Team will talk about mapping indigenous oral histories in the Amazon using a new FOSS application being developed called Terrastories.
Katie Pickett of Cadasta Foundation will discuss approaches and tools used for documenting the rights of marginalized communities left out of formal land administration systems around the world. She will focus on what steps can be made to incrementally secure land rights and use the data captured to advocate for protection and formal recognition of land claims from urban informal settlements of India to customary groups in East Africa.
- 7:00PM: Networking
- 7:30PM: Lightning talks
- 8:00PM & onward: More networking!
We hope to see you there!
On the first Wednesday of the month, we gather to socialize, network, and hear about the work people are doing with maps, GIS, geodata, and more.