The Online News Association (ONA) conference kicks off today here in Washington, DC. We're excited to be participating in several sessions, talking about our mapping tools and how they can be used to report on crises and other news events. Here are details on the sessions we'll be a part of:
PBS Project NAPA Special Session Local Motion: Tools and Insight on Leveraging Local News Nationally and National News Locally: Eric will present on our toolkit for rendering beautiful map tiles - TileMill, which is a winner of the Knight News Challenge. In addition to talking about the technology and showing some custom maps built with TileMill, Eric will talk about how custom map tiles can help journalists tell better stories - particularly at the local level. Thursday, 4:30 pm
From Earthquakes to Coups: Tools for Crisis Reporting: Robert will talk about some of the tools we've deployed to help track and visualize information around disasters and specifically on the work being done with OpenStreetMap by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in Haiti - from initially supporting responders and now transitioning into building long-term capacity and local ownership of data. Also on the panel are folks from Global Voices, Ushahidi, and Internews. Friday, 11:30 am
Lunch with the Knight News Challenge Winners: Eric will again be talking about TileMill, and will be joined by the other winners of the latest Knight News Challenge sharing details on their projects. Saturday, 12:45 pm
If you're attending the conference, look for Eric and Robert!