Volunteering, using IT, to help with disasters, environmental issues and local communities

Date:
Tuesday 1 June 2010

Time:
6.00pm for 6.30pm

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, Herbert Collins Building, Ground Floor, Room HC019 Map and Directions

Speaker:
Ian Holt

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS GreenIT SG, BCS Geospatial  SG and Southampton Solent University, and celebrates the start of the National GreenIT week and of Volunteering week.

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website, www.bcs.org/events/registration both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments.

Brief description

Ian’s experiences as a volunteer for an emergency mapping charity, MapAction will be described, needing quite specific IT requirements for use in high-intensity relief efforts. Sometimes these are not as complex as might be expected!! Ian will  showcase the use of IT within the recent Haiti earthquake event.

The use of mapping relating to  the carbon footprint will be considered.

The use of social network tools in enhancing community groups will also be considered, using local real world case studies that Ian is involved with -  the Eastleigh Transition Network (EtNet) and the Highbridge Community Farm Project (Albrook).

The enhanced experience and sense of belonging that has grown and the transition from mailing lists to full social media tools has worked in terms of pros and cons will be considered.

Ian Holt is the Senior Technical Product Manager for Web Services at Ordnance Survey. Having over 15 years experience in the geospatial industry, both public and private sector, he has continually been instrumental in implementing successful innovative technologies. He is currently a key member of the Ordnance Survey team executing the use of Cloud technology. Ian is a regular presentor advocating open source and neo-geography tools, recently taking bold steps in augmented reality.

Closing date for bookings is 23:59 on Monday 31 May 2010. No more bookings will be taken after this date.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.