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IMN/Google "Tribal Geo Tech Workshop" Applications being accepted

A former member
Post #: 6
Happy New Year!

Please pass forward this unique opportunity for Google Earth/Google geo application training for indigenous peoples and those working with indigenous communities and mapping. The article below is posted on the IMN website:

and a similar article can be found on the Google Lat/Long Blog:
Indigenous peoples face special challenges in planning, policy, and advocacy. Issues of sovereignty, cultural protection, land use management, and handling mineral rights often require the making of maps. Recognizing this, we're excited to announce that Google and IMN are teaming up to host a two-day workshop on the Google campus in
Mountain View, California. The goal of the workshop is to inform people from and working with native communities on how to use, access, and benefit from Google mapping technologies.

The mission of Indigenous Mapping Network is to connect native communities with the tools needed to protect, preserve, and enhance our way of life within our aboriginal territories. This endeavor often requires an amalgamation of traditional "mapping" practices and modern mapping technologies.

On February 25th and 26th, 2010, Google and IMN will host a FREE workshop at the Google campus for members and staff of indigenous groups that want to learn about Google geospatial and mobile technologies. Keeping the above concerns of indigenous communities before us, the workshop will focus on the technical aspects of using Google Earth, Google Maps, and Open Data Kit, among other technologies. Special attention will be given to issues of:

* privacy and security of data
* mobile data collection
* data conversion from proprietary to open formats
* geospatial technologies and traditional knowledge

The workshop will be limited to 100 attendees. So, please complete the online application at http://indigenousmapp...­

and submit as soon as possible. The deadline is January 24, 2010 and decisions on attendance will be returned by January 31, 2010. For more information or difficulty viewing the application form, please contact
geoworkshop AT

Thank you!
A former member
Post #: 1
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