Random Hacks of Kindness, Social Media & Crisis Mapping

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  • 1. Random Hacks of Kindnesssocial media, mapping and Crisis ManagementMaurits van der VlugtSpatial Information strategist
  • 2. Overview
    Volunteers and Emergencies
    What is RHOK?
    Sydney 2010
    Melbourne 2011
    BushfireConnect
    What’s Next?
  • 3. Community and volunteers
    Self-help & Resilience
    Nothing new:
    Rural Fire Brigades
    SES
    Numerous NGOs: Red Cross, Vinnies, …
    So why not Technology too?
  • 4. What the Hack?
    Started 2009
    Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NASA and the World Bank
    “Developing practical open source solutions for disaster management and climate change adaptation”
    “Hackathons”:
    Experts and Volunteers
    Practical, Open Source Solutions
    Worldwide Sharing
  • 5. One of MANY Volunteer technical communities:
    SahanaFoundation
    Ushahidi, Swift River and Crowdmap
    OpenStreetMap
    Frontline SMS
    Crisismappers
    Random Hacks of Kindness
    Humanity Road
    Geeks without Bounds
    HFOSS and more
  • 6. Worldwide events
    RHOK #1
    5 & 6 June 2010
    7 Cities (incl. Sydney), 500 + Volunteers
    RHOK #2
    4 & 5 Dec 2010
    21 Cities, 2000+ Volunteers
    RHOK #3
    3, 4, & 5 June 2011
    19 Cities (incl. Melbourne), 2100+ Volunteers
  • 7. RHOK #1 – Sydney (june 2010)
  • 8. RHOK #3 – Melbourne
    3rd worldwide event: 4/5 June 2011: http://www.rhok.org/events/rhok-3
    19 Cities including Melbourne, Australia
    6 Projects worked on, including:
    BushfireConnect (Mark-2)
    QuakeFelt
    Vic Alert/VicSafe (winners!)
  • 9. Vic Alert/VICSafe
    Problem
    Many providers of alerts
    Hard for citizen needs to keep track of relevant (type, location) ones
    Solution
    http://www.rhok.org/solutions/vicalert
    Aggregation platform for alert providers
    Standardised API (CAP)
    Results Mash-up (VicSafe)
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  • 14. 7 Feb 2009 - Black Saturday
    Worst Bushfires in State of Victoria
    Burnt1 Million Football Fields
    Displaced 7,500 people
    2000 houses lost
    173 dead
  • 15. Information Breakdown
    Official Agencies & Emergency Services
    Slow & Overwhelmed
    000 overloaded
    No alternative sources
    Rumours & Misinformation
    Evacuations: too late and misdirected.
  • 16. Community need
    Grass roots community reporting
    Fast, localised, community driven
    Integration with Official Sources
    Integrate with agency feeds
    Inform Emergency Services (add to COP)
     Crisis Mapping 2.0!
  • 17.
  • 18. Enter Ushahidi…
    Open Source, Citizen Reporting, since 2008
    Citizen Reporting & Alerting
    Crisis Mapping 2.0 tool of choice
    Haiti & Chile Earthquakes
    Gulf of Mexico Oilspill
    Egyptian elections (5x!!)
    Pakistan Floods
    Etc, Etc..
  • 19. RHOK #1Ushahidi – bushfire COnnect
    http://bushfireconnect.org
    Twitter: @bushfireconnect
  • 20. Bushfire COnnect
    Community Powered
    Community Resilience
    Integrate Crowd Sourced and Official Information
  • 21. Incident Reports
    SMS
    Web-Form
    Geo-RSS
    Emails
    Tweets
  • 22. Incident Alerts – OPT IN
    SMS
    Email
    RSS…
  • 23. Where are we now?
    Since May 2010
    Working prototype up and running
    ’Live’ site since Feb 2011 (http://bushfireconnect.org)
    Small team of volunteers (up to 7 people)
    $2000 cash
    Next steps (next season)
    High performance server environment
    Team of volunteer moderators
    National Coverage
    All Hazards
  • 24. LondonRiots Map
  • 25. Summary
    Community Resilience: Self-help & Volunteers
    Random Hacks of Kindness
    World-wide
    Very successful
    Open Source solutions
    Bushfire Connect
    Out of Black Saturday & RHOK #1
    Live now
    Watch out for RHOK #4, coming soon near you!
  • 26. Thank You
    Maurits.vandervlugt@mercuryps.com.au
    http://mercuryps.com.au
    http://bushfireconnect.org
    Twitter: @mvandervlugt
    Thanks to Heather Leson (SecondMuse) for some slide material