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Open Data in a Closing World

World Resources Institute and the National Geographic Society are hosting an event April 11, 2018 on how current trends in data, technology, media and human networks can inform decision-making around natural resources.

The event features keynote speeches by Gina McCarthy (former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and speakers representing government, technology, science and media. Full agenda below.

We are living in an unprecedented moment where views are increasingly polarized, false information is spread at alarming speeds, and facts are being undermined. Trust in our institutions is eroding, and the decision-makers charged with ensuring our well-being often cannot access the data they need. Policymakers, business leaders and analysts need high-quality, trusted and easily accessible data to make informed decisions about the environment and human development.

That's why we are launching Resource Watch, a new dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. Resource Watch, developed by World Resources Institute and over 40 partners, harnesses the data revolution to create unprecedented transparency on the pulse of the planet.

Join us to learn more about this new platform and other efforts, including by National Geographic Labs, that support science and exploration with breakthrough data and technology.


8:00 am

Doors open: Breakfast & registration

9:00 am

National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute

Keynote: Open Data in a Closing World
Gina McCarthy, former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Introducing Resource Watch: Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse
Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science & Research, WRI

Lightning Talk: The Power of Data
Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, Google

Armchair Discussion: Tech for a Sustainable Future
Panelists: Steven Brumby, Christa Hasenkopf, Saleem Van Groenou, Jonathan Baillie

Coffee Break

11:00 am

Introduction to Second Session
Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of Grants, National Geographic Society

Keynote: Radical Leaps
To Be Announced

Lightning Talk: The Water-Security Nexus
Henne Schuwer, Dutch Ambassador to the United States

Armchair Discussion with Media: Narratives in the Numbers
To Be Announced

Wrap Up: The Future of Radical Transparency
Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests, and Water, WRI

12:15 pm

Lunch and Resource Watch Interactive Demonstrations


Join the conversation using the hashtag #resourcewatch

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