governmental organizations, universities, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations. Its principal goals are:

  1. To accelerate the application of science and technology to the process of peacebuilding and stabilization;
  2. To promote systematic, high-level communication between peacebuilding and technical organizations on the problems faced and the technical capabilities required for successful peacebuilding; and
  3. To collaborate in applying new science and technology to the most pressing challenges faced by local and international peacebuilders working in conflict zones.

The Roundtable is strongly committed to action-oriented projects, and the long-term goal of each is to demonstrate viability with a successful field trial. The Roundtable has selected a portfolio of high-impact peacebuilding problems on which to focus its efforts:

  1. Adapting agricultural extension services to peacebuilding,
  2. Using data sharing to improve coordination in peacebuilding,
  3. Sensing emerging conflicts, and
  4. Harnessing systems methods for delivery of peacebuilding services.

Four steering committees comprised of Roundtable members and other experts developed action plans for each activity area that included workshops intended to assemble experts from across the peacebuilding and technical communities. The workshop held on May 23, 2012, was the second in a series that will address these four topics.

The workshop engaged two types of participant. From the world of conflict management, it included policymakers, planners, and people working in conflict environments. On the technical side, participants included engineers, IT specialists, and analysts (such as econometricians) responsible for the design, use, and maintenance of information technology systems in development and conflict environments. Because the focus of the meeting was on data sharing to improve coordination among federal government and nongovernment stakeholders, the participants came largely from US-based government, NGO, corporate, and academic organizations. This summary should be of interest to a similar audience.

The intent of this summary is to provide an overview of the topics and themes discussed during the workshop. Following further consultation with

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