Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

Second Official keynote Kate Chapman for LCA2014 -

Second Official keynote Kate Chapman for LCA2014

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Second Official keynote Kate Chapman for LCA2014

The 2014 team are pleased to announce the second keynote speaker for their conference.

Kate Chapman is the Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is an initiative of OpenStreetMap to apply the principles of open source and open data sharing towards humanitarian response and economic development.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team believes that freely available, up-to-date geographic data can be vital in responding to a disaster. They help communities and responders to utilize the OpenStreetMap data, and encourage them to contribute and update the data.

Over the past two years Kate has been primarily based in Indonesia where she has lead the AusAID funded HOT program. The program Scenario Development for Contingency Planning (SD4CP) is a joint initiative of the Indonesian and Australian governments through BNPB (Indonesian Disaster Management Agency) and AusAID that aims to teach disaster mangers how to develop realistic impact scenario for contingency planning. HOT teaches disaster mangers to spatially analysis the combination of scientific hazard model outputs with community knowledge through the open-source software InaSAFE (Indonesia Scenario Assessment For Emergencies). OpenStreetMap is one of the keys elements of this procedure, as it allows the disaster mangers to draw on community knowledge to identify important buildings such as schools and hospitals that potentially be impacted during a disaster.

We're really pleased to have Kate coming to talk with us as her personal efforts and her teams work represents an organization that we can really hold up as a shining example of how the open source model truly does work. is an annual open source conference organised by Linux Australia. In 2014 the conference will be held in Perth, Western Australia from the 6th January to the 10th.