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News — 18 September, 2023

Hub-LAC series of humanitarian and cartographic talks

The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Open Mapping Hub has organized a series of monthly talks that show the contribution that open and collaborative mapping can make to humanitarian work and sustainable development.

Discussing and disseminating humanitarian issues from the perspective of collaborative digital cartography is a pending need in these times of climate change, environmental destruction, political and social crises, migrations and health emergencies.

That is why at the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Open Mapping Hub we decided to organize a cycle of monthly talks that address humanitarian and development issues from a cartographic perspective, that is, showing the contribution that citizen science and open and collaborative mapping can do to humanitarian work and sustainable development.

So, last Thursday, August 17, we inaugurated this cycle of conversations with the talk: “The challenge of digital humanitarianism in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Our guests were: Catalina Jaime, Head of climate and conflict at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center and Simone Lucatello, Director of the research program at the Dr. José María Luis Mora Research Institute. Our Director, Fabrizio Scrollini Mendez, led the session.

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Some quotes from what the guests said in their interventions are the following:

“OpenStreetMap allows us to know who is most likely to be impacted by the disaster.” Catalina Jaime. Tweet.

“Digital maps allow civil society to react sometimes faster than authorities.” Simone Lucatello. Tweet.

“Humanitarian organizations must talk more with organizations that are dedicated to research.” Catalina Jaime. Tweet.

“Inter-regional information exchange mechanisms must be revived.” Simone Lucatello. Tweet.

This talk can be watched through our YouTube channel:

The second edition of this cycle of Hub-LAC talks will be held next Friday, September 22 and its theme - within the framework of Mobility Week and World Car Free Day- will be the mapping of urban public transportation.

On this occasion, Juan Manuel Berdeja - Director of Planning and Projects, COCOTRA Michoacán, Sandra Hernández Zetina - Professor, Faculty of Geography, UAEMéx and Vanessa Millán - Deputy Director of Mobility, Zitácuaro Michoacán City Council will participate, accompanying Celine Jacquin, HOT Senior Manager, in the conversation.

The broadcast will be seen live on our channel on YouTube. Do not miss it!

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Also find out how we collaborate with National Institutes of Geography.

If you want to be part of the community of volunteer mappers of the LAC Open Mapping Hub, write an email to with Subject: Volunteer mapper.

If you are part of an organization that wants to explore how to collaborate on a project, write an email to with Subject: LAC Projects.

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