Topic: Crowdsourcing

Harnessing the Crowdsourcing Power of Social Media for Disaster Relief

Crowdsourcing integrated with crisis maps has been a powerful tool in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Future crowdsourcing applications must provide capabilities to better manage unstructured messages and enhance streaming data. Enhancements will also include methods of fusing information with data from other sources, such as geological data about fault lines and reports of various …

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Case Study: Lessons learned from community mapping in urban and rural areas in East Africa and Bangladesh

The Missing Maps project aims to literally and figuratively put more than 20 million vulnerable, at-risk people on the map using OpenStreetMap (OSM) as a platform. We need to fill in these “missing maps” before the next disaster strikes ensuring the maps have detail sufficient for emergency responders to hit the ground running. The American …

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OpenStreetMap in Humanitarian Response

The following story was written by Lena Kang, GDPC Knowledge Management Intern, based on the learning events and discussions at the inaugural HOT Summit, hosted by the American Red Cross. HOT’s evolving role in humanitarian response At last week’s inaugural Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Summit, dozens of humanitarians, geographers, programmers, community builders, and volunteer mappers …

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ICCM 2012: Josh Campbell, Imagery to the Crowd

Josh Campbell from the Humanitarian Information Unit at the US Department of State, discusses building a framework to support sharing high-resolution satellite imagery with the volunteer technical community, for improved disaster response and development projects. Crowdsourcing enables the humanitarian response community to have access to road maps being rapidly improved with updated, detailed information, demonstrated …

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Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: Workshop Summary

The growing availability and use of social media and other mass collaboration technologies present new opportunities and challenges for disaster management. Platforms now exist that permit collection of data from broad constituencies and rapid communication with endangered communities, but this new interface between the informality of “the crowd” and the formality of policy frameworks raises …

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The role of information and communication technologies in post conflict reconstruction

This report is concerned with the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and postconflict reconstruction, especially with ways in which ICTs can be used by governments and donors to support the transition from violence to stability. © 2014 International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing, coupled with the proliferation of mobile technology and social media, is rapidly changing the face of disaster response. Crowdsourcing combines the two words “crowd” and “outsourcing” and refers to the idea of tapping into the unlimited resource pool of public intelligence to gather information and perform tasks that would otherwise be limited or outsourced …

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