Uniting Volunteer Technology Communities for Crisis Response and Humanitarian Relief CrisisCamp Chicago & CrisisCommons Deborah Shaddon [email_address] Sept 12, 2010 - ChicagoCounts
What is CrisisCommons? CrisisCommons is a global network of volunteers who help people in times and places of crisis. If you can use the Internet, a word processor, a cell phone or any other kind of technology, you can help. Right now virtually online or during one of our many CrisisCamps around the world! We are a grass-roots community of technologist, informaiton gatherers, social media users, translators, relief organizations, and innovators, that have come together to build tools and solutions in support of crisis response agencies, as well as people affected directly in times of crisis.
Brief History <ul>Founded in March, 2009 , through an impromptu Tweetup at a Government 2.0 Camp, a small band of idealists and innovators gathered to discuss the idea of creating a common community through mash-up of citizen volunteers, crisis response organizations, international humanitarian relief agencies, non-profit, and the private sector. <li>Within minutes, the CrisisCommons community was born and CrisisCamp events were created to unite communities, seek common ground, and cultivate innovation in the use of technology and data to enable efficiencies during a crisis. </li></ul>
What is a CrisisCamp? <ul>CrisisCamps are barcamp style 'events', that bring folks together, either in host cities or virtually, to participate and work on the tools and solutions that are needed in times of crisis. <li>They provide some human surge technology and information support when a crisis event occurs
In a steady-state, non crisis, they also seek to be informational and informative, and to educate the technology community on tools and capabilities for disaster preparedness and response.
The provide the forum for discussion between the volunteer tech community and crisis response orgs
50 camps have been run, in 10 countries </li></ul>
CrisisCamp - Haiti <ul>January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. This event turned out to be the crisiscommons and crisiscamp call to action.... <li>www.crisiscommons.org/videos
CrisisCamp Haiti Projects <ul><li>Examples of some existing volunteer tech tools that CrisisCampers helped via crowdsource: </li><ul><li>Open Street Maps – OSM geo information creating a free and editable map of the world