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Crowdsourcing Tech for Social Good and Crisis Response Heather Leson and Melanie Gorka February 26, 2011 Oxfam regional Assembly Toronto Text
Crisis Commons is a global network of volunteers who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis. Crisis Commons members organize response events called CrisisCamps.
Crisis Camp Sendai A CURRENT CRISIS A CURRENT CRISIS
CrisisCommons continues to remain on active standby for Sendai Earthquake in Japan on March 11th. Information gathering activities such as collecting data sets to populate the Japan Data Profile, a collection of open data resources, initial begun to support UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Since March 11th, 225 volunteers have signed up to offer their skills to assist with projects from crisis response organizations. Volunteers have contributed content and new training to the CrisisCommons wiki in support of creating a Japan Data Profile for UN OCHA. On Wednesday, there were updates contributed such the Common Operational Dataset “101,” Foundation Center’s RSS Feed of Japan Relief Grants and the Miyagi prefecture townhall map . Contributions to the wiki are all volunteer effort and continue to be revised.