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  • 1. Crowdsourcing Tech for Social Good and Crisis Response Heather Leson and Melanie Gorka February 26, 2011 Oxfam regional Assembly Toronto Text
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Applied Social Media
  • 4. What do we do?
    • Code, test tools, translate, map, wiki, Twitter, Facebook, communicate, collaborate, plan, coordinate, iterate, brainstorm, research, analyze, report, broker relationships, create content, videos, pictures, slideshare, and document
  • 5. CrisisCamps for Haiti and Chile response
      • 90 days
      • 8 countries
      • 50 events
      • +2000 volunteers
  • 6. CrisisCamp Paris
  • 7. CrisisCamp Argentina
  • 8. CrisisCamp Bogota
  • 9. Team Canada
  • 10. We are one of many Volunteer Technical Communities
      • Sahana Foundation
      • Ushahidi, Swift River and Crowdmap
      • OpenStreetMap
      • Frontline SMS
      • Crisismappers
      • Random Hacks of Kindness
      • Humanity Road
      • Geeks without Bounds
      • HFOSS and more
  • 11. Random Hacks of Kindness 1.0 June 2010 - 5 countries 500 volunteers RhoK Sydney, Australia
  • 12.  
  • 13. CrisisCamp Pakistan August – September 2010
  • 14. What if you read a text message (SMS) and could help your neighbour? + Text message + short code + Report + Read, search, document and categorize + Map Mobile phones are global .
  • 15.
  • 16. CrisisCamp London (UK) for Pakistan Floods
  • 17. Global CrisisCamp Marathon September 4 – 5, 2010 24 hours CrisisCamps: Toronto Silicon Valley Sydney Bangkok London Dozens of virtual volunteers
  • 18. CrisisCamp Sydney
  • 19. Random Hacks of Kindness 2.0 December 2010 10 countries, 21 cities 1000 volunteers
  • 20. RHoK Chicago
  • 21. RHoK Toronto /Open Data Hackathon with CrisisCamp Toronto
  • 22. Population Centers in Disaster
  • 23.  
  • 24.  
  • 25. What does it all mean? 18 days 1733 reports (verified and mapped) 82,121 unique visitors From 65 countries 1000s of local volunteers Student Volunteer Army Global volunteers and observers
  • 26.  
    • 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.
  • 28. What does this mean?
    • 100’s of Volunteers from Canada, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taipei, Syria, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, Figi and the United States
    • CrisisCamp Chile and CrisisCamp United Kingdom activated for the weekend of March 19th to continue support of CrisisCommons efforts in Japan
    • the Volunteer Technical Communities have launched two crowdsourcing projects for japan:
    • Locally Supported Japan Crisis Map
    • OpenStreetMap
  • 29. Contact and Credits
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address]
    • @crisiscampto
    • @crisiscamp
    • @crisiscommons
    • Photos by:
    • heatherleson, Brian Chick, Cynthia Gould, Mariella,
    • Raztilla, Tolmie Macrae, Deborah Shaddon, Spike,
    • Luis Aguilar