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Introduction to the Podcast Series
In this introduction episode to the podcast series on Data for Resilient Cities, Shaily Gandhi in conversation with Simon Hodson, explains the idea of Data interoperability is an essential step to understanding complex systems and to create the knowledge needed to drive effective policy. The importance of data for making the city resilient. The structure of the podcast series is discussed which offers a rich collection of conversations, case studies and audio essays by eminent thinkers, practitioners, public decision-makers and policy advocates recall and reflect, discuss critical issues and point out the way forward. The episodes are of two categories: one engages with larger and fundamental concepts of interoperability; the other with data sharing for interdisciplinary studies within and across various domains.
Dr. Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA. Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World. Most recently he chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality https://doi.org/10.2777/1524. As part of his CODATA role, Simon is closely involved in an ISC and CODATA initiative to improve the coordination of standards for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research and in the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.
Dr. Shaily Gandhi is Manager IT and Geospatial solution at CRDF. She is a alumni of CODATA/RDA Summer school, She is one of the initiated Leads for the CODATA Connect Working group and a co-opted member of CODATA Executive Committee. She has completed her Ph.D. degree from CEPT University in 2018. She is also a faculty at CEPT University. She has been working on implementation of GIS and data science in the domain of Urban Analytics.
Data-driven Geospatial Solutions to Address Community Based Challenges
In this episode of Data-driven geospatial solutions to address Community based challenges, Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar in conversation with Valrie Grant, explains the importance of Geospatial frameworks for data, its applications and challenges in community based solutions. Various community based initiatives have been discussed in particular with the example of the land registry management system, disaster management system and challenges of the last mile connectivity when it comes to data driven solutions as a whole. Further, national spatial data infrastructure initiatives have been highlighted globally with various organizations which have been involved in spreading awareness. In the end, the episode focuses on the efforts taken by organizations and the government in building awareness about the importance of geospatial data sharing policy and applications.
Dr. Umamaheshwaran Rajasekar is Chair Urban Resilience and Lead for the Climate Center for Cities at National Institute of Urban Affairs. He has over 17 years of professional experience in developing urban policy, risk modelling, climate analysis and institutional strengthening for governments, INGOs and bi-lateral agencies. As a team leader and project manager he has spearheaded pioneering data informed policy efforts in India including implementation of end to end early warning systems for urban floods, health and climate resilience. His recent work with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India is targeted towards bridging the gap between technology and society to enable informed decision making in a changing environment across 100 smart cities.
His work has been published as peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports and has been commended in the form of grants and awards. His recent work on development and implementation of UrSMS which connects more than 500 hospitals in Surat, India to monitor diseases. His work was recognized as an intervention to watch, by the U.N Secretary General’s global pulse initiative.
Valrie Grant is the founder and managing director of GeoTechVision, an ICT and Spatial Technologies company in Kingston, Jamaica and Georgetown, Guyana and Miami Florida focused on delivering value through innovative solutions. GeoTechVision is a reliable and quality provider of a range of customized services and data-driven solutions to governments, NGOs and corporate entities. Valrie is a lifelong learner, who is passionate about Technology and Entrepreneurship and relishes every opportunity to mentor women entrepreneurs and young people. She sits on several national, regional and international Boards and Committees such as the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas Private Sector Network. Valrie is a 2020 WE Empower UN Sustainability Development Goals Challenge Awardee.
She holds a BSc. in Geology from the University of West Indies and a MSc. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University , post graduate certification in Business and Entrepreneurship; and notwithstanding a pressing schedule, is currently reading for an MBA.
Role of Data in Building Resilient Cities Focus on Urban Floods