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So far, it's been a busy summer for TIDES! Last month we exhibited at the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) in Washington, DC and the Cultural and Organizational Awareness Forum in Monterey, CA.  TIDES also participated in a two-day event dealing with crisis mapping held at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In August, we will participate in the latest installment of RELIEF at Camp Roberts (see below).  Lastly, registration has opened for the 5th Annual STAR-TIDES demo. 
June Events Highlights:

AIDF2011From 8-9 June, TIDES exhibited at the Aid and International Development Forum at the Washington DC Convention Center. The event brings together decision makers from UN, government, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the corporate sector who are involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid relief and development. AIDF was a great opportunity to learn about organizations and new technologies involved in the HA/DR community. 


From 14-16 June TIDES exhibited at the Inaugural Cultural and Organizational Awareness Forum, focusing on Africa and the role of the U.S. Government in supporting African stability through enhancing partner capacity. The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International have developed a new series of top level educational events addressing cultural themes, and will facilitate top level discussions related to a particular Combatant Command's area of Responsibility (AOR). The general plenary sessions were complemented by a series of focused breakout sessions on Security Sector Reform (SSR), using SSR to explore larger issues of the United States military's role in supporting a whole of government approach to promoting partner capacity through engagement strategies.


From 16-17 June the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and Universities4Ushahidi (U4U) held the discussion "The Other 90% - Looking Beyond the Technology," organized by the USIP in partnership with the Ushahidi Geospatial Information System (GIS) platform. The presentation discussed security considerations for crisis mapper deployments in conflict zones. TIDES discussed issues such as protecting sources/reporters, verifying/fact checking information, protecting/securing communication infrastructure and general security concerns to consider. We also discussed TIDES work and outreach, as well as US government efforts with GIS platforms and social media aggregation.

The second day, titled "Mapping as a Peacebuilding Tool" featured several students from Universities4Ushahidi seminars, State Department representatives, and Patrick Meier, Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the cofounder of the Standby Volunteer Task Force. Of special importance was the fact that the United Nations specifically approached the crisis mapping community with a request to become formal partners in the relief effort. Presently, UN's Food Relief effort uses Libya crisis maps that his groups have produced.
August Camp Roberts Experiments 

camprobertslogoThe fourth Camp Roberts RELIEF (Research and Experimentation for Local and International First Respondersevent will take place on August 3-5, 2011. The event will focus on the communication challenges during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) situations, and will explore technology areas that will focus on interoperable communications and alternative power sources.  Camp Roberts will also host a series of workshops aimed at developing a process to design and create a collaborative approach for HA/DR operations that will link together data collection & sharing, analysis & education, experiment & exploration, exercise & evaluation, as well as policies and processes to create a shared, distributed  process to advance the study and execution of HA/DR work . 

STAR-TIDES 5th Annual Fall Demo 
TIDES' 5th Annual outdoor demonstration will take place at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, from 4-7 October 2011. We are looking for companies and organizations specializing in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) and stabilization and reconstruction (S&R) to exhibit. Register as an exhibitor or visitor here.

For more information please contact Lou Elin Dwyer at louelin.dwyer@ndu.edu or 202-685-7284. 
USAID 2011 Summer Seminar Series 

usaid logoTIDES has participated in a number of USAID trainings and workshops and we are really looking forward to the summer seminar series.  From emerging trends in science and technology to GIS,  the seminars will explore a range of development topics, innovative approaches, and diverse experiences among USAID and the development community.

Click here for more information.

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