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Since 2011 the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group has provided a platform for the discussion of human geography issues shaping our world. Human geography is the study of people and cultures over space and time, and this Working Group provides our global community with a lens to better understand the importance of “place” in the ongoing development of culture and society.
Using a series of international webinars and conferences, the Working Group—now with nearly 5,000 members spread across more than 150 countries—has helped thousands of attendees hear experts in science, policy, and education discuss new research, best practices, and highest value in the sharing of data for human security. The Working Group has also helped members develop frameworks for gathering human geography data and disseminating it in both structured and unstructured formats in places easily accessible from around the world. Those efforts continually encourage the sharing of open data critical to new research, good governance, community preparedness, resource policy development, and efficient disaster response.