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CrisisCampUk: Where next for UK crisis crowdsourcing

CrisisCampUk: Where next for UK crisis crowdsourcing



Talk given 10th October 2010 at CityCamp London.

Talk given 10th October 2010 at CityCamp London.



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  • Messages: Wat is humanitarian technology - and why have it at all: why aren’t we concentrating on food and shelter?
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  • CrisisCampUK where next for UK crisis crowdsourcing?
  • How Crisis Information works
    • People create maps
    • Person sends SMS to 3441
    • Message goes to CrowdFlower
    • Person translates and geolocates message
    • Message goes to Ushahidi display
    • Message gets to responders, public, aunts, Sahana etc.
  • CrisisCamp London
  • CrisisCampCambs
  • What CrisisCamp Ldn & Cambs built
    • Work parties for Haiti Earthquake
    • Expertise pool for first responders (UN, CDAC etc)
    • ‘ Telephone exchange’ for Pakistan Floods
    • Principles:
      • Community, not hierarchy
      • Champions, not controllers
      • Help, not hinder
      • Equality: working with, not for or above
      • Hard work, not talk
      • Safety awareness, not inaction
      • Efficiency, not chaos
      • Appropriate development : response mix
      • Anybody can join, anybody can help
  • Worldwide CrisisCamps
  • What’s an appropriate crisis to help?
    • Information
      • Information deluge
      • Knowledge drought
    • Infrastructure
      • Local infrastructure is overwhelmed
      • Existing information channels
    • Stages
      • Mitigation
      • Preparedness
      • Response
      • Recovery
      • Sustainability
  • Why does this matter to London?
    • Crisis can happen anywhere – even here
      • London terrorist attacks
      • Buncefield fire
      • Thames Barrier floods
      • Etc.
    • London is especially well-placed to help
      • 100s of languages and cultures
      • Innovative spirit
      • Massive technical resources
      • Mature OpenSource communities
    • And the UK isn’t crowdsource-prepared for crises
  • The Vision: effective crisis information ecosystems
  • What still needs to be done?
    • Strengthen UK crisis information organisations
    • Connect crisis information handling organisations
    • Maintain UK group that can respond to both UK and global crises
    • Maintain the OpenSource spirit
    • Prepare UK ‘crowd’ for crises
    • Create pool of people used to operating crisis information tools
    • UK crisis information vulnerabilities highlighted
    • Improve OpenStreetMaps in crisis-prone areas
    • Improve CrisisWiki entries for everywhere
    • Improve crisis information tools
    • Handle crowd information without crowd processor overload
    • Implement situation awareness and analysis techniques
    • Implement crowd response tools?
  • What you can do to help
    • Build applications
    • Coordinate responses
    • Process data
    • Use crisis applications for other stuff
  • Who to Contact
    • Crowd Informers
    • CrisisCommons
    • Ushahidi / SwiftRiver
    • Sahana
    • OpenStreetMap
    • Louisiana Bucket Brigade
    • The Extraordinaries
    • CrisisMappers.net
    • NGO/Local Coordinators
    • UNOCHA - reliefweb
    • CDAC
    • Diaspora
    • Tool Developers
    • RHOK
    • Aid Information Challenge
    • ICT4Peace
    • Ushahidi
    • OpenStreetMap
    • Sahana
    • CrisisCommons
    • InSTEDD
  • Where to Go
    • Data entry and development:
    • http://crisiscampldn.org/
    • http://www.CrisisMappers.net/
    • http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/
    • http://www.ushahidi.com/join and http://u4u.ushahidi.com /
    • http://wiki.sahanafoundation.org/doku.php
    • http://www.theextraordinaries.org/
    • http://www.crisiswiki.org/
    • Hackathons:
    • http ://www.rhok.org / - looking for host cities December 4/5
    • @tenbus_uk – Pakistan mapping party, 7-9pm, October 20 th
    • http://www.aidinformationchallenge.org/
    • Professional bodies:
    • http://cdac-haiti.org/en/
    • http://reliefweb.org/
  • Options for London crisis ‘crowd’
    • Work with/for Washington CrisisCommons
    • Help CDAC build a technology ‘wing’
    • Create a new British community
    • Help UNOCHA with apps and crowdsourcing
    • Work with UK government
    • Work with UK media
    • Work with UK academia (e.g. U4U4Uk?)
  • user questions for pkfloods
    • Where can I find out who needs my help?
    • Where can I find people to help me deliver aid?
    • Where can I find out information?
    • How do I find out if I'm about to be flooded?
    • Who should I alert/give my information to?
    • Where can I find general information out about #pkfloods?
    • Where can I search for people? (I cannot find my grandmother/relative)
    • I have been 'found' - who should I alert/give my status to?
    • I need food/water/supplies, how can I tell people I need something?
    • I have food/water/supplies, how can I find out where there's a need?
    • I want to get to location x, where can I find out about the state of the roads?
    • I am observing/know the state of the roads, who should I alert/give my information to?
    • How can I find out where there are information blackspots/there is no telecomms coverage?
    • I know where the telecoms/information blackspots are, who should I give my alert/information to and how?
  • Use Cases for PkFloods
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • Pkfloods Use Cases
  • History
    • 2004 onwards: OpenStreetMap and other tools being used in US, UK...
    • Late 2004: Sahana developed in Sri Lanka after Indian Ocean Tsunami. Then used in Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia...
    • 2008: Ushahidi developed in Kenya to map citizen journalist reports of violence after Kenyan elections. Then used in South Africa, DR Congo, Gaza, India, Pakistan…
    • June 2009: CrisisCommons founded in Washington DC after a tweetup by a group of technologists and communications professionals who wanted to use their skills to help prepare for and react to crisis situations – both at home and around the world
    • 2009: CrisisMappers formed
    • 2009: CDAC formed after a discussion in a bar...
  • Points to take away
    • It’s not “us and them” anymore, it’s “us and us”
    • You can help - or hinder - from anywhere. Your choice:
    • Getting right information to right people at right time saves lives
    • Overwhelming people with information doesn’t
    • Sometimes your tech skills can help people you’ll never meet, immediately and in ways you couldn’t imagine
    • Sometimes it takes longer, but it’s no less valuable
    • The UK should be part of the crisis crowdsourcing movement