Events


2C Africa Technical Exchange

July 15 – 19, 2019, Accra, Ghana

The Center for Remote Sensing and GIS (CERSGIS) hosted the 2C Africa Technical Exchange (2C-ATE) in Accra, Ghana. The 2C-ATE provided an opportunity for 2C partners to meet, discuss the status of their project, share demonstrations of new tools and technologies and identify future opportunities for networking. 2C Africa projects include: 2C Port Harcourt, Nigeria; 2C Douala, Cameroon; 2C Mekelle, Ethiopia; 2C Boke-Kamsar, Guinea; 2C Pemba, Mozambique. The technical exchange included hands on workshop on geospatial applications and in-field data collection activities.

2C Latin America Technical Exchange

June 3 – 7, 2019, Quito, Ecuador

The Universidad de San Francisco de Quito hosted the 2C Latin American Technical Exchange (2C-LATE) in Quito, Ecuador. The 2C-LATE provided a venue for all 2C projects to meet, share lessons learned, build a network of geospatial experts, and discuss sustainability plans for 2C projects. 2C Latin America projects include: 2C Tijuana, Mexico; 2C Santiago, Dominican Republic; 2C Cusco, Peru; 2C Esmeraldas; and 2C Santa Fe. The technical exchange included hands on workshops using open source tools, ArcGIS Online, and demonstrations of geospatial analysis.

AAG Annual Meeting Panel Session

April 3-7, 2019

Since 2015, the Secondary Cities (2C) Initiative has developed a global network of universities, non-governmental organizations, and local government to generate local, geospatial data for emergency preparedness, resiliency, and human security. Focusing on low-income and mid-income countries, the 2C Initiative spans 16 cities in as many countries. A panel will discuss the status of the initiative, lessons learned, and highlight initial outcomes. The 2C Initiative hosts the 2C Geonode where all data are posted and shared. Challenges to implementing a global project are both technical (i.e., interoperability across tools and platforms) and cultural (i.e., languages). Success is measured in the 2C partner efforts to generate data and the training of the next generation of geospatial experts.

State of the Map Asia 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal september 23–september 24 2017

Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL), a Secondary City Initiative partner, hosted State of the Map (SOTM) Asia, September 23-24, 2017, two days of talks, discussions, workshops, and networking all around OpenStreetMap, the free and open map of the world. SOTM is an event for all mappers and OpenStreetMap users. Dr. Lee Schwartz, the Director of the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues was a keynote speaker.

2C South Africa Technical Exchange

June 26–July 1 2017

Africa EIS and Esri South Africa hosted the 2C South Africa Technical Exchange (2C-SATE) in Midrand, South Africa. The 2C-SATE provided a venue for all 2C Africa projects to meet, share lessons learned, and create a network of geospatial experts. 2C Africa projects include: 2C Douala, Cameroon, 2C Mekelle, Ethiopia, and 2C Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The technical exchange included hands on workshops using ArcGIS Online, geospatial data analysis, and data generation activities.

AAG Mapathon 2017 – Secondary Cities: Mapping Human Geography Data

Mapathon Lounge, April 7 2017, 10:00am-11:40am

This session focused on the US Office of the Geographer and Global Issues signature initiative – Secondary Cities. Secondary Cities is in the second year expanding into new cities that are under-examined and under-mapped. The fundamental aim of these projects is to identify critical data needs, utilize open source tools, and create robust datasets for sustainable futures. This session provided an overview of Secondary Cities, described a case study, and presented methods for remote and local mapping of Secondary Cities.

Habitat III

October 17–October 20 2016

On October, 2016 at the Habitat III conference in Quito, the city of Esmeraldas, Ecuador was selected by the State Department as the newest city to join the 2C Initiative.

Dynamic Mapping of Secondary Cities Symposium

June 14–June 15 2016


Secondary Cities in the developing world are rapidly growing urban areas that are regional hubs for commerce, services, and governance in developing countries that often do not have adequate planning mechanisms for future development and growth. This symposium will focus on the foremost data collection tools and technologies used to map urbanization in such cities. It is part of the Secondary Cities Initiative, a global collaboration of universities and organizations supported by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer of the State Department.



AAG Mapathon 2016

March 30–April 1 2016

The Mapathon promoted themes of shared humanitarian interest, and mapping was coordinated through the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s Tasking Manager, with imagery services provided by the Office of the Geographer’s Humanitarian Information Unit. The three daily themes were Secondary Cities and Urban Resilience, Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Health and Infectious Disease.

Secondary Cities Shaping the World's Urban Future

GEO 2050: November 19-20 2015, Columbia University

How the rapid growth and development of thousands of secondary cities in the global south will dominate urbanization over the next several decades.