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    • 1. Introducing the Standby Volunteer Task Force: An Online Community for Live Crisis Mapping
      Anahi Ayala Iacucci
      International Network of Crisis Mappers
    • 2. January12, 2010: Haiti
    • 3.
      • At 16:53 local time a catastrophic earthquake magnitude 7.0 Mw hit the island of Haiti
      • 4. 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater follow the earthquake
      • 5. 316,000 people died
      • 6. 300,000 injured
      • 7. 1,000,000 homeless
    • 14th Jan: Flecther School
      Credit Patrick Meier
    • 8. All around the world
      Credit: Rob Munro
    • 9. Ushaidi Haiti
    • 10. Credit Patrick Meier
    • 11. February 27, 2010: Chile
    • 12.
      • At 03:34 local time, a earthquake rating a magnitude of 8.8 and lasting up to 3 minutes hit Chile
      • 13. The earthquake triggered a tsunami which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile
      • 14. By March 6, more than 130 aftershocks had been registered, including thirteen above magnitude 6.0
      • 15. 723 people were reported killed
      • 16. Nearly half the places in the country were declared "catastrophe zones", and curfews were imposed in some areas of looting and public disorder
    • 29th Feb: SIPA, Columbia University
    • 17.
    • 18. Ushahidi Chile
    • 19. July 2010: Pakistan
    • 20.
      • The 2010 Pakistan floods began in late July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan and affected the Indus River basin
      • 21. Approximately one-fifth of Pakistan's total land area underwater
      • 22. 20 million people directly affected
      • 23. death toll close to 2,000
      • 24. More than 500,000 people displaced from their homes in the first month
    • 26. PakReport
    • 27.
    • 28. The crowd is always there…and it is ready to help!
      Why wait for an emergency to happen?
    • 29. An Online Community for Live Crisis Mapping: The Standby Volunteer Task Force
      Launched at the International Crisis Mappers Conference in October 2010
      Over 150 skilled volunteers with dedicated experience in online Crisis Mappingfrom 17 different countries
      Only working with open, non-proprietary data
      Specific protocols for organizations seeking to activate the online volunteer community
      Specific criteria for the Task Force to decide whether or not to accept a request
      Decentralized horizontal network of volunteers acting on the base of a code of conduct
    • 30. What is Crisis Mapping?
      Crisis Mapping is composed four key components:
      Information collection
    • 31. 1. Information collection
      Media Monitoring Team -Monitors online media for relevant reports.
      SMS Team -Monitors incoming SMS from already existing feed.
      Verification Team – Triangulates reports from the Media and SMS Teams
    • 32. 2. Visualization
      Translation Team – Translates Media and SMS reports from/to English.
      Geo-Location Team – Finds GPS coordinates for Media and SMS report.
      Report Team – Categorize and approve reports after they have been translated and geo-located
      Technology Team – Responsible for all technical tasks
    • 33. 3. Analisys
      Analysis Team -Provides summary reports based on the incoming data
      Analysis Mapping Team – will provide PDF maps, printable maps and GIS maps for the teams in the field
    • 34. 4. Response
      Humanitarian Team – Comprises existing professional humanitarians who liaise between the Task Force and humanitarian organizations.
    • 35. OCHA Colombia Simulation
      On November 2010 UNOCHA (United Nation’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Colombia requested the participation of the Standby Task Force in the earthquake simulation exercise in order to test the ability of the crisis mapping volunteer network to participate and contribute to the emergency operations.
    • 36. CuerpoOficial de Bomberos de Bogotá (Bogotá Fire Department) –Urban Search and Rescue Operations (USAR)
      UNOCHA Colombia – United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
      Genève/INSARAG – International Search and Rescue Advisory Group
      UNDAC – United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination
      OSOCC – On-Site Operations Coordination Center, where UNDAC coordinates every USAR tasks
      UNETE – United Nations Emergency Team consisting of UN agencies, ICRC and other humanitarian actors
      Bogota Mayor and national governmental bodies
      Red Salvavidas –
      InSTEDD –
    • 37. 45 volunteers participated in the simulation
      200 reports were geo-located, translated and categorized over the course of 2 days
      3 Situation Reports were created for UNETE
      Several Maps for rescue teams were created under the request of the teams in the field
    • 38. “For me, as an SBTF Member, it was a cool experience to test the coordination abilities of a highly professional SBTF team, but as a UNOCHA Information Officer, it was magical to experience the support for humanitarian workers by committed volunteers.  I am seeing all this like a big step forward on building better and more coordinated and structured ways.
      - Luis Hernando Aguilar – Information Management Officer, UNOCHA Colombia
    • 39. Why the Standby Task Force?
      People will use any available channel of communication to share and communicate their situation during crisis.
      The online crisis mapping volunteer community has an unique opportunity to become a facilitator in this process that can help to turn these conversations into data that are actionable for the humanitarian responders, both local and international.
      The volunteer crisis mapping community can respond to the demand of the traditional humanitarian responders who seek the ways to more effectively incorporate the community generated data into their standard operating procedures.
      The volunteer crisis mapping community can respond to the demand of the traditional humanitarian responders who seek the ways to more effectively incorporate the community generated data into their standard operating procedures.
    • 40. Online Communities for Live Crisis Mapping like the Standby Volunteers Task Force CAN make the difference in the humanitarian landscape to bring to more effective and accountable communication with crisis affected communities in disaster response.
    • 41. The question is not whether the community generated communication is useful or not, the question is HOW to make it useful.
    • 42. The answer?
      To become a member apply at
      or contact
    • 43. THANK YOU!