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. Pistorius trial cross-examination ends1:11Jewish center shooting suspect identified1:12Day care hit-and-run suspect in custody1:11Girl unwraps soldier dad for birthday0:49What is Bitcoin?
1:29What politicians get wrong about women1:38. 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. Soon, there will also be a free iPhone app with maps of Haiti coming to the App Store. This version of Gaia GPS is intended to aid disaster relief for the Haitian earthquake. Fingers crossed that this app gets approved by Apple quickly. Additionally you can see UAV flights from Haiti. Jeffrey Johnson will be speaking about Crisis Mapping Haiti at Where 2.0 in March. 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. Many relief groups are deploying now, many checking in with the CrisisMappers list (the main locus of the wider humanitarian tech community), and they are making inquiries into OSM data and requests for particular features. 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.
--Ceyockey 16:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC) WikiProject revisions: Revisions are underway (slowly) to revise the WikiProject from crisis-response to mapping-as-usual mode. --Ceyockey 16:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC) On-the-ground: Fourth deploy write-up - 2010-09-08 On-the-ground: HOT Mission 3 complete  - 2010-06-28 Hot website launched with blog category 'Haiti' - 2010-05-??
Tasks and Ideas Miscellaneous things (to categorize/do) Update the "Mappers in Haiti" wiki page (or rather, create it). Mapping Tasks Major projects Fixing excess highway=tertiary into unclassified, residential, track, path, service, ... Large projects Adding new POIs: shops, restaurants see info below on details to add whenever possible Adding details to existing POIs: address (:street, :housenumber, :city, :country), telephone, website. OSM at CrisisCommens DC - Digiphile cha. VIDEO: What I did at CrisisCamp Boston. OSM the default map in Haiti. Check this out: [..]
I am currently in Port Au Prince with the Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Team (USA-1) out of Fairfax, VA, USA. I wish there was a way that I can express to you properly how important your OSM files were to us. Most of our team members own their own Garmin Rino and 60CSx units on top of the units we already have in the cache.
Having these detailed maps on our GPS units is a big deal. Check out the wiki for more. 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. 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. Historically, these tools have been useful for the public and media to cover an event – but the question often arose if they were beneficial to responders and citizens on the ground. 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? 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. We chose to tell the story of 'OpenStreetMap - Project Haiti'. We all followed the crisis that unfolded following the Haiti earthquake, many of us chose to donate money, a few were flown out and deployed as part of the relief effort. But what practical impact can many have without being there in Haiti itself?
Well, during this crisis a remarkable story unfolded; of how people around the world could virtually collaborate and contribute to the on-the-ground operations. With the little existing physical, political and social infrastructure now destroyed or damaged, the situation was especially challenging for aid agencies arriving on the ground. OpenStreetMap in Haiti - Part 1. OpenStreetMap in Haiti - video. I am sure most readers of this blog have heard about how there has been a huge effort to map Haiti using OpenStreetMap - Harry Wood gave a good summary of efforts a few weeks ago. Currently Schuyler Erle and Tom Buckley are down in Haiti helping out with mapping for the relief efforts on ground - Schuyler's blog has really interesting accounts of what they've been doing. Schuyler tweeted today that he and Tom were "starting to post raw, iffy quality, unedited audio and video - please feel free to edit/remix/repost".
So here's my quick edit of what they've posted so far - I'll try to do something similar if they post more in the coming days. Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide.