Tools and Processes in
Digital Humanitarianism

Svend-Jonas Schelhorn
svendjonas@standbytaskforce.com
@shornjonas
Geograph...
http://nbcnews.tumblr.com/post/45350724876
http://nbcnews.tumblr.com/post/45350724876
Hurricane Sandy 2012
20 Million

Tweets

42 Crowdmaps
What is Crisis Mapping?

• Gathering, display and analysis of data
during a crisis
• Crowdsourcing and Crowdmapping
• Cont...
Challenges
Information
Overload

Information
Dearth

• Large amount of data
streams
• Make sense of
unstructured data
• As...
Tools
Tools for Crisis Mapping

• Tools for (Social) Media Monitoring
• Tools to Coordinate and Organize
• Mapping Tools
Tools for Crisis Mapping

http://corp.geofeed
ia.com/

Social Media Monitoring
Tools for Crisis Mapping
Tools for Crisis Mapping
The Mother of all Crisis Mapping Tools: Ushahidi
Tools for Crisis Mapping
Mapping: Open Street Maps, HOT and the Humanitarian Data Layer
Tools for Crisis Mapping
Crowdsourced Satellite Imagery Analysis
Tools for Crisis Mapping
Micro Mapping
Tools for Crisis Mapping
Challenges and Gaps

• Interoperability
• Security
• Formats

• Handling
• Design
The Role of Digital Volunteers in
Humanitarian Work
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Processes and Approaches of Collaboration -

Digital Humanitarian Vo...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- The Traditional Way Request

Response
Digital Humanitarian Volunteer...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Recent Approach I –
(Uttharakand-Floods, India-Cyclone „Phailin“)

O...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Recent Approach II – I N C L U S I O N
(Sudan Floods`?)

Digital Hum...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Recent Approach II –
(Sudan Floods`?)

Approach

Digital Humanitaria...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Recent Approach II – I N C L U S I O N
(Sudan Floods`?)

Digital Hum...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Challenges -
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Challenges in Collaboration and Cooperation -

Digital Humanitarian ...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Challenges -

Digital Humanitarian Volunteers

HEY!
And what is the
...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Approaches to solve the issues -
Training of Future Crisis Mappers
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Training of Future Humanitarians -

University Course on Crisis Mapp...
The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
- Training of Future Humanitarians -

University Course on Crisis Mapp...
Wrapping Up…

• Digital Humanitarianism is a dynamic field

• Crisis Mapping holds huge potential for Humanitarian Work
• ...
Crisis Mapping
Problems to be addressed
• How to engage citizens to contribute with
valuable information Disaster Risk
Man...
We didnt talk about…
• Liability

• Sensitive Information
• The Verification Issue
• Volunteer Protection

• More Tools…
•...
We didnt talk about…
• Liability

• Sensitive Information
• The Verification Issue
• Volunteer Protection

• More Tools…
•...
THANK YOU
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Svend-Jonas Schelhorn at the seminar: Digital Humanitarianism and Networked Crisis Support, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen, Norway, 19th October 2013

Digital Humanitarians is a wide description of individuals and NGOs using digital tools for collaboration, mapping, analyzing or data-mining for humanitarian purposes and in humanitarian contexts. They typically engage for humanitarian crises, natural disasters, democracy projects, human rights monitoring or disaster preparedness. There are digital tools, procedures and ethical questions they all have in common.

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Tools and processes in digital voluntarism

  1. 1. Tools and Processes in Digital Humanitarianism Svend-Jonas Schelhorn svendjonas@standbytaskforce.com @shornjonas Geographer, Crisis Mapper SBTF Coordinator
  2. 2. http://nbcnews.tumblr.com/post/45350724876
  3. 3. http://nbcnews.tumblr.com/post/45350724876
  4. 4. Hurricane Sandy 2012 20 Million Tweets 42 Crowdmaps
  5. 5. What is Crisis Mapping? • Gathering, display and analysis of data during a crisis • Crowdsourcing and Crowdmapping • Contributing information from remote or from the site of the crisis • Crisis Mapping has the potential to increase situational awareness
  6. 6. Challenges Information Overload Information Dearth • Large amount of data streams • Make sense of unstructured data • Assess credibility and quality of information • Lack of spatial and temporal coverage • Low integration into decision-making processes and tools • Mismatch between needs and offers
  7. 7. Tools
  8. 8. Tools for Crisis Mapping • Tools for (Social) Media Monitoring • Tools to Coordinate and Organize • Mapping Tools
  9. 9. Tools for Crisis Mapping http://corp.geofeed ia.com/ Social Media Monitoring
  10. 10. Tools for Crisis Mapping
  11. 11. Tools for Crisis Mapping The Mother of all Crisis Mapping Tools: Ushahidi
  12. 12. Tools for Crisis Mapping Mapping: Open Street Maps, HOT and the Humanitarian Data Layer
  13. 13. Tools for Crisis Mapping Crowdsourced Satellite Imagery Analysis
  14. 14. Tools for Crisis Mapping Micro Mapping
  15. 15. Tools for Crisis Mapping Challenges and Gaps • Interoperability • Security • Formats • Handling • Design
  16. 16. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work
  17. 17. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Processes and Approaches of Collaboration - Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Affected Local Communities
  18. 18. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - The Traditional Way Request Response Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Increased Situational Awareness => Added Value in Response Affected Local Communities
  19. 19. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Recent Approach I – (Uttharakand-Floods, India-Cyclone „Phailin“) Offer Help Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Increased Situational Awareness => Added Value Affected Local Communities
  20. 20. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Recent Approach II – I N C L U S I O N (Sudan Floods`?) Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Joint Engagement Affected Local Communities
  21. 21. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Recent Approach II – (Sudan Floods`?) Approach Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Joint Engagement Affected Local Communities
  22. 22. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Recent Approach II – I N C L U S I O N (Sudan Floods`?) Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Joint Engagement Affected Local Communities
  23. 23. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Challenges -
  24. 24. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Challenges in Collaboration and Cooperation - Digital Humanitarian Volunteers „Professional“ Humanitarians Different Background = Different Realities = Different Perceptions = Different Language
  25. 25. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Challenges - Digital Humanitarian Volunteers HEY! And what is the IMPACT????? „Professional“ Humanitarians
  26. 26. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Approaches to solve the issues -
  27. 27. Training of Future Crisis Mappers
  28. 28. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Training of Future Humanitarians - University Course on Crisis Mapping and Volunteered Geographic Information • Assignments for Students to learn about Conceptual Background • Life Webinars with Practicioners • Crisis Mapping Training to learn the Tools
  29. 29. The Role of Digital Volunteers in Humanitarian Work - Training of Future Humanitarians - University Course on Crisis Mapping and Volunteered Geographic Information • Assignments for Students to learn about Conceptual Background • Life Webinars with Practicioners • Crisis Mapping Training to learn the Tools INTERESTED? LETS TEAM UP!
  30. 30. Wrapping Up… • Digital Humanitarianism is a dynamic field • Crisis Mapping holds huge potential for Humanitarian Work • Crisis Mapping fills an important niche in Humanitarian Work • Barriers between Communities and Stakeholders still exist • Crisis Mapping happens in a Socio-technological environment
  31. 31. Crisis Mapping Problems to be addressed • How to engage citizens to contribute with valuable information Disaster Risk Management? • How to integrate and fuse data from heterogeneous sources into an integrated knowledge base? • How to make the data useful to support decision-making in the field?
  32. 32. We didnt talk about… • Liability • Sensitive Information • The Verification Issue • Volunteer Protection • More Tools… • More Initiatives…
  33. 33. We didnt talk about… • Liability • Sensitive Information • The Verification Issue • Volunteer Protection • More Tools… • More Initiatives…
  34. 34. THANK YOU

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