How Non-Profits and Activists Can Leverage Location Based Servic. What started as a highly addictive pastime for early adopters to alert their friends of their whereabouts and compete for virtual mayorship of their corner coffee shop, is steadily evolving into a global vehicle for individuals and businesses to garner social capital.
With tech evangelists and small businesses exploring the potential power of Foursquare and other location enabled services, it was only a matter of time before change makers in the non-profit and social enterprise ecosystem “checked-in” and began finding innovative methods to rally support for their causes. 1. Rewarding Volunteer Loyalty Just as the first Foursquare Mayor of Spud Brothers was rewarded with a free meal for customer loyalty, an activist who frequents a particular venue could be compensated with donations, supplies, or community outreach support. Restaurants that monitor customer regularity based on Foursquare data could give free meals to local food banks. 2. 3. OSM- Ushahidi. BBCNews volunteer mappers who helped Haiiti. LBS relief Lab: Trip. Disaster Relief 2.0: Tech Tools Help Focus Haiti Resources. During a large-scale humanitarian crisis, information is key.
Coordination among relief agencies is essential, so that efforts are not duplicated and resources go where they are most needed. With collaborative tools, disaster-response teams and relief workers can identify risk zones and emerging threats more rapidly. Courtesy of a tech community “SitRep” (situational report) created and shared by Luke Beckman of the nonprofit group InSTEDD, we have some insight into how humanitarian organizations, aid groups and the military can tap information to help in the relief effort. For instance, OpenStreetMap, a free wiki world map, offers an excellent depiction of the situation on the ground, as volunteers mark the locations of aid stations, tent camps and working hospitals. The data is available as web maps, as well as Garmin images for use in handheld GPS devices. As we noted here before, U.S. InSTEDD was one of the first projects of Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google.
Photo: U.S. O'Reilly OSM+Sat Imagery for Free iPhone. Update: The iPhone app referenced in this article has since been released on the App Store.
Crisis Mappers from around the world have been working around the clock to create maps and other tools for relief workers in Haiti. The earthquake caused tremendous damage to the road network and updated maps are necessary to enable food and volunteers to traverse the island. The volunteer-driven Open Street Map project has become a central data source for the Crisis Mappers. It is regarded by many as the most up-to-date map of the area.
It combines UN damage assessment, digitized imagery, Public Domain Topos and other base data. Brady forrest (brady) Haiti OSM Response. The have been at least 400 OpenStreetMap editing sessions in Haiti since the quake hit.
Mostly tracing Yahoo imagery, and gleaning information from old CIA maps. We also just received permission to use GeoEye imagery acquired post-event … that will allow us to tag collapsed buildings. RescueTeams "thrilled" with free OpenStre...
2. WikiProject Haiti/Tasks and Ideas - OpenStreetMap. WikiProject revisions: Revisions to front page of WikiProject completed = everything consolidated into a single table or moved to different pages.
OSM at CrisisCommens DC - Digiphile cha. VIDEO: What I did at CrisisCamp Boston. OSM the default map in Haiti. Bar Camp Canberra2010 Haiti Qake2010. Digital Help for Haiti - Gadgetwise Blog. People around the world have been yearning for meaningful ways to help the people of Haiti — and up to now, most have felt powerless to do much more than open their wallets.
Of course, many have done just that, donating millions of dollars to nongovernmental organizations so they can deliver desperately needed basics like food, water and medical supplies to Haitians suffering from the mass destruction wrought by the earthquake. But now, thousands of volunteers are gathering in cities around the world to help bolster relief groups and government first responders in a new way: by building free open-source technology tools that can help aid relief and recovery on the ground in Haiti.
“Before all you could do was send money to the Red Cross,” says Noel Dickover, co-founder of Crisis Commons, which is organizing the events, known as CrisisCamp Haiti. Data Dissemination to the Government of Haiti. OpenStreetMap in the World Bank Haiti Situation Room For the past 3 weeks, since January 12, we’ve been actively involved in many efforts to provide support and analysis of the Haiti earthquake recovery.
From immediate OpenStreetMap efforts to get imagery open licensed and traced, to working through CrisisCommons to get new volunteers mapping, creating dashboard common operating pictures of population affected by the event, emerging IDP camp locations, distribution centers, and gathering normalized health facilities around the country. The Guardian Open Platform. Confusion reigns in the aftermath of any big natural disaster, but particularly so in what was already a failed state.
With the little existing physical, political and social infrastructure there was now destroyed or damaged, the situation was especially challenging for aid agencies arriving on the ground. Where are the areas most in need of assistance? How do we get there? Where are people trapped under buildings? Which roads are blocked? ITO World at TED 2010 - Project Haiti. We are proud to announce that our work has been displayed at this year's TED conference, where the world's greatest thinkers and doers come together.
We were asked to provide visualisations that helped tell the story of open data in 2009, for Sir Tim Berners-Lee to give an update on open data since his talk last year. OpenStreetMap in Haiti - Part 1. OpenStreetMap in Haiti - video. Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide.