The use of geospatial technologies in digital mapping:Bringing together communities who innovate crisis response      Flem...
CrisisCamp Haiti•                                                Columbia    Call to action; global footprint•   62 events...
What We Learned•   Disasters can create opportunities for innovation, rules    relax, people are willing to be open to sol...
Potential ofTechnology Volunteers• Post-Disaster Basemap: OpenStreetMap• Remote Building Assessment: GEO-CAN• Monitoring: ...
Need to focus           on Open Data• Many emergency management/civil authorities don’t  have access to tools and resource...
United Nations Office for theCoordination of Humanitarian    Affairs
What We Learned           Official/Affiliated Response Sources                                  Public Sources              ...
Learning from Japan• Need for a data coordination role• Need for “pre positioned” open data profiles• Need for increased GI...
Observations• Don’t create a platform expecting people to come  to you, play in an open data space• Release resources for ...
Recommendations    to the U.S. Congress• Resource and connectivity to volunteer  technology communities• Create mission as...
Questions?
Heather Blanchard          Co Founder          CrisisCommons          heather@crisiscommons.org          703.593.3823     ...
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Heather Blanchard, Co Founder of CrisisCommons, presentation at the Fleming Europe's 2nd Annual Geospatial Conference (http://www.flemingeurope.com/aviation-and-defence-conferences/europe/2nd-annual-geospatial-intelligence-summit)

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    1. 1. The use of geospatial technologies in digital mapping:Bringing together communities who innovate crisis response Fleming Europe: 2nd Annual Geospatial Conference June 1, 2011 Budapest, Hungary Heather Blanchard Co Founder, CrisisCommons www.crisiscommons.org heather@crisiscommons.org Twitter/Skype: @poplifegirl
    2. 2. CrisisCamp Haiti• Columbia Call to action; global footprint• 62 events, 8 countries, 30 cities• Low barrier to entry; replicable• 2,300+ highly skilled volunteers United Kingdom• Recognized by CROs and VTCs• Focus on mapping, missing persons, language and search Canada• Surge capacity for existing projects France
    3. 3. What We Learned• Disasters can create opportunities for innovation, rules relax, people are willing to be open to solutions from anywhere• Disasters create the rise of the “crisis crowd”• Disasters can benefit from existing programs with training and leadership have the best change in effectively harness the emerging crisis crowd into their existing community• Disaster response requests need to originate from the local area/field
    4. 4. Potential ofTechnology Volunteers• Post-Disaster Basemap: OpenStreetMap• Remote Building Assessment: GEO-CAN• Monitoring: Big Idea with the Gulf Coast Oil Spill• Crisis Content/Trends: Japan Earthquake
    5. 5. Need to focus on Open Data• Many emergency management/civil authorities don’t have access to tools and resources or partnerships they need to harness additional capability/capacity• Sometimes if there are resources, its limited to one person• Little focus on data preparedness; process• Focus on data (and its availability) not platforms
    6. 6. United Nations Office for theCoordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    7. 7. What We Learned Official/Affiliated Response Sources Public Sources Existing Data Population - Boundaries - Hydrology - Hypsography - Transportation/Roads - Social CapitalBefore Crisis Community Indicators Before CrisisAfter Crisis Power - Telecommunications - Weather - Alternative Access to Internet - After Crisis Food - Fuel - Shelter - Transportation - Health Care Crisis Specific Self-Directed Public Safety Reporting - Hazard Identification - Service Disruption Identifier - Public Sentiment - Status Sharing - Resource Management Need for Data Preparedness
    8. 8. Learning from Japan• Need for a data coordination role• Need for “pre positioned” open data profiles• Need for increased GIS practitioners to work along side of crisis mappers• Need to turn citizen content into GIS layers• Need for organizations affiliated with the crisis to provide data feeds (i.e. private sector, government response agencies)
    9. 9. Observations• Don’t create a platform expecting people to come to you, play in an open data space• Release resources for use (i.e. data, globes, imagery)• Technology volunteers want to help, they will compass towards projects which support people in need (not institutions)• Technology volunteers do not support military or national security objectives
    10. 10. Recommendations to the U.S. Congress• Resource and connectivity to volunteer technology communities• Create mission assignments which release imagery for public use• Engagement in experimentation and demonstration projects• Investment in data preparedness
    11. 11. Questions?
    12. 12. Heather Blanchard Co Founder CrisisCommons heather@crisiscommons.org 703.593.3823 twitter/skype: poplifegirl www.facebook.com/heather.blanchard www.linkedin.com/in/hblanchaThanks!
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