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Using the power of mapping to support South Sudan'

Last Thursday, the Google Map Maker team, along with the World Bank and UNITAR/UNOSAT, held a unique event at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a satellite event in Nairobi at the same time. More than 70 members of the Sudanese diaspora, along with regional experts from the World Bank, Sudan Institute, Voices for Sudan, The Enough Project and other organizations gathered together to map what is expected to become the world's newest country later this year: the Republic of South Sudan. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the international community "to assist all Sudanese towards greater stability and development" during and beyond this period of transition. ?

The group worked together to make several hundred edits to the map of Sudan in four hours. As those edits are approved, they'll appear live in Google Maps, available for all the world to see. But this wasn't just a one-day undertaking-attendees will now return to their home communities armed with new tools and ready to teach their friends and family how to join the effort. ?

-Posted on May 5, 2011, by France Lamy, program manager at Google.org, http://blog.google.org

'Local media coverage of my library's stand on HarperCollins-gate'

My library, the San Rafael Public Library, has gotten a fair amount of play in local media regarding our decision to not purchase HarperCollins eBooks due to their recent change in policy that makes eBooks artificially expire after 26 circulations. …

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