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Open Data in a Closing World

World Resources Institute and the National Geographic Society hosted an event to launch Resource Watch and explore how current trends in data, technology, media and human networks can inform decision-making around natural resources.

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A short summary of the event was also captured in the Twitter Moment: Open Data in a Closing World #ResourceWatch.

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About the Event

The event features keynote speeches by Dr. Mae Jemison (Former Astronaut) and 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 30 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

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Joint Welcome

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, World Resources Institute


Lightning Talk: The Power of Data

Rebecca Moore, Director of Engineering, Google Earth, Earth Engine and Earth Outreach, Google


Armchair Discussion: Tech for a Sustainable Future


Christa Hasenkopf, CEO and Co-Founder, OpenAQ

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Saleem Van Groenou, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach, Google

Steven Brumby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor, Descartes Labs

Viviana Zalles, PhD Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences

Moderator: Andy Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Science and Environmental Journalism, National Geographic Society


Coffee Break

11:00 AM

Introduction to second session

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society


Keynote: Radical Leaps

Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut; Engineer; Physician; Lead 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Founder The Earth We Share; Member National Academy of Medicine, National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame.


Lightning Talk: The Water-Security Nexus

Heleen Bakker, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the USA


Armchair Discussion: Narratives in the Numbers


Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, Five-Thirty-Eight

Emily Holden, Climate Change and Energy Reporter, Politico

Leslie Shapiro, Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post

Kennedy Elliott, Graphics Editor, National Geographic

Moderator: Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President of Communications, World Resources Institute


Closing: The Future of Radical Transparency

Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests, and Water, World Resources Institute

12:30 PM

Light Lunch and Resource Watch Interactive Demonstrations

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