From 24-26 April, the UN-SPIDER Programme carried out its Fifth United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology. The workshop focused on strengthening global synergies through knowledge management, portals and networks bringing together more than fifty experts from Australia, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Among them were representatives from the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices in Algeria, Colombia and Kenya. It provided the forum for UN-SPIDER to gather elements to update its knowledge management strategy, particularly regarding the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.
Co-organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and supported by Secure World Foundation, the City of Bonn and the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Board of Directors of DLR, Natassa Antoniou, Project Manager at Secure World Foundation and Luc St-Pierre, Senior Programme Officer at UNOOSA.
The main target of the workshop was to exchange experiences and discuss synergies between online portals dealing with disaster and risk management or space issues. By working closer together, portals can be tailored more tightly around user needs. To that end, the participants not only discussed issues of structure and content of such portals and networks, but also talked about e-learning environments and the use of social media tools for a more user driven content compilation.
The workshop's presentations are available on the link below.