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ESRI Haiti Disaster Relief+Support

ESRI Haiti Disaster Relief+Support

ESRI Geo-tagged Tweets It seems the ever evolving Geo Viewer from ESRI (recall the Flex viewer that ESRI has been building on all week) now incorporates the ability to search and display Geo Tagged Tweets. Using the app, select the Tools icon (cube), then select the Twitter Option. This reveals a Twitter results box in the lower right region. Then select the "Draw Search Area" option (purple circle) and click on an area on the map dragging the mouse to create a radial search region. Resulting tweets that are geo tagged within the area will be displayed. One has to wonder that if communications permitted, individuals that require assistance could be sending geo located Twitter Tweets quickly and easily via their mobile, enabling relatively accurate location of those needing help.

List of evacuated neighborhoods in Boulder fire The Denver Post Posted: 09/07/2010 07:24:38 PM MDT|Updated: 3 years ago Area of the Boulder County fire Evacuations have not been ordered within the city limits of Boulder. The following residential areas have been ordered to evacuate, which can also be viewed on a PDF map of the Fourmile Canyon fire from the Boulder County government website. The communities east of the Peak-to-Peak Highwaywest of Highway 36south of Lefthand Canyon Roadnorth of Boulder Canyonalong Sugarloaf RoadAll homes within a three-mile radius of Gold HillMountain meadows subdivisionSierra Antigua subdivisionMountain Meadows and Mountain PinesPine BrookBoulder HeightsWhispering PinesMile marker three — Sugarloaf to Boulder CanyonLickskillet west to Sawmill

VolunteerMatch for iPhone Launched New app puts the power of into your pocket and demonstrates the potential of pro bono collaboration. SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 15 /CSRwire/ - VolunteerMatch, the popular volunteer service, this week announced the availability of its first full-featured application for smart phone users, VolunteerMatch for iPhone. The free application, now available in the App Store, provides handheld users with an easy-to-use tool for finding great volunteer opportunities from a network of over 70,000 participating nonprofit organizations. Among its features, VolunteerMatch for iPhone lets prospective volunteers begin their search with their current location or ZIP code. Volunteers may also elect to find skills-based roles like graphic design, carpentry or accounting projects that can be found with just a few keywords.

Natural Disasters Conflict Refugees/IDPs All you need KAMPALA, 7 September 2010 (IRIN) - An online database of people separated from relatives by conflict or natural disasters can now be accessed by mobile phone, thanks to a joint venture between the UN, an NGO and two private sector companies. Refugees United has entries for some 4,500 people seeking missing friends and family members, and “this grows by hundreds every week, as we reach out to refugees in camps and urban areas”, according to managing director Christopher Mikkelsen. Now that the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, mobile phone manufacturer Ericsson, and service provider MTN have teamed up with Refugees United, users no longer need to find a computer with internet access: a mobile phone suffices. “Refugees United and Ericsson distribute phones on a test level currently to the UNHCR and other organizations throughout the pilot,” Mikkelsen told IRIN by email. The pilot is taking place in Uganda and is set to be expanded soon to Sudan and Kenya and then globally.

Tectonic Plates Image provided by USGS. Plate tectonics is the continual slow movement of the tectonic plates, the outermost part of the earth. This motion is what causes earthquakes and volcanoes and has created most of the spectacular scenery around the world. Learn more here. Helping Haiti respond to the earthquak (Cross-posted from Official Google Blog) These recent satellite images of Port-au-Prince, Haiti before and after Tuesday's earthquake dramatically show the devastation caused by magnitude 7.0 trembler. Here are before-and-after screenshots of the National Palace and an area of Port-au-Prince: Click to see full-size

FourMileFireWebPerimeter The Board of County Commissioners consists of three individuals elected to serve four-year terms as leaders of the Boulder County government. All three commissioners are elected at-large by the voters of Boulder County and represent the county as a whole. Visit the Commissioners' Hearings page for public meeting agendas, minutes and live webcasts. Visit the Commissioners' Office page for news and staff information Duties As full-time public servants, the commissioners approve the budget for the entire county government, spearhead individual initiatives and oversee management of 10 county departments.

Dale Zak: Mobile Volunteerism This past Wednesday I had the honor of speaking on mobile volunteerism at Mobile Tech Training during Net Change Week in Toronto. In my talk I shared some examples how mobiles are aiding traditional volunteerism, are allowing new forms of micro-volunteerism as well as a few interesting ways devices are being used to indirectly volunteer for a cause. We are entering an incredibly exciting time. A Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter Most educators who learn to use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from any other forms of professional development or personal learning. Unfortunately educators often dismiss Twitter, or fail to see the value of Twitter, when they’re first introduced to Twitter. Our aim of this post is to provide all the information you need to learn how to use Twitter effectively as an educator. We regularly update this post with new information.

InSTEDD InSTEDD has created an evolving platform of technology tools and services based on years of collaboration with our partners around the world. Our systems conform to a set of architectural principles that allow them to be used either as-is or as building blocks for larger solutions. All of our tools meet or exceed the relevant standards for their domain and allow the sharing of data with other systems in a reliable and secure way. These tools are completely free and open source, and available for anyone wanting to use them to improve the social impact and scale of their work.

Air - Smoke Health and Safety Questions & Answers What new fires are starting up and what’s the status on the current fires? Check for a daily update in fire status. The Department of Natural Resources also has a website with a number of links, How can I see if the weather will continue to impact the fires? The National Weather Service, Alaska site, has useful information about hazards:

Ushahidi Racking up Downloads The Ushahidi platform’s growing use has been astounding to say the least. The platform has been download almost 4,000 times. On top of that, our mobile applications (including the Android Oil Spill reporter by Henry Addo) have been downloaded more than 3,700 times. As an organization that is barely two years old, it is encouraging to see adoption of the platform in various countries and for diverse uses. Be it election monitoring in Burundi, Snowmaggedon in D.C., or preventing forest forest fires in Italy, it is very encouraging to the development team to see people around the world using the platform to solve local problems.

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