Secondary Cities in the developing world are rapidly growing urban areas that are regional hubs for commerce, services, and governance in developing countries that often do not have adequate planning mechanisms for future development and growth. This symposium will focus on the foremost data collection tools and technologies used to map urbanization in such cities. It is part of the Secondary Cities initiative, a global collaboration of universities and organizations supported by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the Office of the Geographer of the State Department.
The aim of the symposium is to bring together organizations and individuals involved in innovative mapping activities and solutions for emergency preparedness, resiliency planning, and urban sustainability. The symposium will open with a half-day session to provide a hands-on venue to explore and assess online, open sources tools for mapping and creating geospatial data for cities. The 2nd day is a full day with sessions including: 1) Secondary Cities overview; 2) case studies of dynamic city data collection; 3) interactive assessment session of tools as linked to emergency preparedness, resiliency planning, and urban sustainability; 4) solutions/lessons learned. The product from this symposium will be a white paper on dynamic tools as well as a position paper on how dynamic mapping is achieved in Secondary Cities.