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September 1, 2023

Clark becomes initial college member of global urban mapping nonprofit

Photo | Timothy Doyle Clark University, Worcester

Clark University is the first institution of higher education to join PLACE, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit data trust improving mapping of urban areas around the world and makes the data open and accessible.

The university, with its well-regarded geography program, joins Radiant Earth Foundation in Washington D.C., California mapping software company Esri, Washington D.C. nonprofit Global Land Alliance, among others in the organization, according to a Thursday press release from Clark.

“Clark’s partnership with PLACE will offer our researchers new opportunities to study the processes underlying global change, particularly urbanization, improving our ability to identify solutions to some of our most pressing challenges,” Lyndon Estes, a professor at Clark’s Graduate School of Geography, said in the press release.

Estes, whose research focuses on agricultural change in Africa, says that the hyperlocal imagery can be used, for example, to research how urban food markets shape agricultural systems and contribute to food security.

In addition to Washington D.C., PLACE has offices in Denver; Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Somalia, London, UK; and Yaoundé , Cameroon.

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