Speakers: Katharyn Hanson, PhD

Cultural Heritage Preservation Scholar at Smithsonian Institution

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Dr. Katharyn Hanson is a Cultural Heritage Preservation Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Previously she held a visiting research position with the Geospatial Technologies Team at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and Smithsonian. She directs archaeological site preservation training at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq and serves on the Board of The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII). She has been involved in various archaeological fieldwork projects for over 25 years and has curated museum exhibits and published on damage to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria.

On the agenda

  1. Conflict in Ukraine

    Sep. 29, 02:00pm Session The North Hub

    Ukraine is the most documented crime scene in history and earth observation technologies are playing a critical role in documenting Russia's war crimes and other atrocities. This session offers a discussion between members of the Conflict Observatory program, a new initiative from the US Department of State to use open source geospatial tools and data to document Russia's war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine.



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  2. Caribou Space

  3. Esri

  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  5. Picterra

  6. Planet

  7. Replicable AI for Microplanning (RAMP)

  8. SparkGeo

  9. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


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  2. Capella Space

  3. D4DInsights

  4. Element84

  5. European Space Agency (ESA)

  6. Locana

  7. PLACE

  8. Radiant Earth Foundation

  9. TileDB

  10. Umbra


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  3. DevGlobal

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