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AIS Big Data Hackathon
3 September, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 6 September, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
The United Nations Statistics Division, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and UN Global Pulse are jointly, in collaboration with MarineTraffic and consultation with AIS Task Team members, organizing a remote participation Hackathon from 3-6 September. The Hackathon is calling on teams to explore the use of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to inform COVID-19 response and to assist the world in its fight against climate change.
AIS is a tracking system for ships, originally developed for collision avoidance. The data is automatically transmitted every few seconds over very high frequency (VHF) radios from approximately 100,000 vessels worldwide. Allowing for real-time geo-tracking and identification for equipped vessels, the AIS data promises to map and describe certain marine human activities. AIS data provides a big data source of unrivaled quality above and beyond its original application for collision avoidance.
To quickly utilize the data to its full potential, we need a surge of creative researchers to come up with equally creative ways to use it!