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European crisis summit camps : some pictures

We thank stakeholders (often from afar) and participants in our EU summit Crisis Camps to La Cantine, Silicon Sentier, we also thank for their support especially, and the Centre Hall of the Sorbonne.
Meetings and workshops have uncovered initiatives in different countries, (for example, l’Italie) the issues of security of personal data, the handling of tools for crisis management and mapping tools. And also to question the new distribution of roles among institutions traditionally responsible for emergencies and crises and citizens with access to new technologies (Internet, SMS, specialized software, etc.)
A reflection on the nature of the network that can bring together these initiatives , experience and people at European level is being.
You can find below some photos of the three days of intense and exciting here.
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Crisis Camp Europe : meeting in Paris with the addition Crisis Camps

The 27, 28 and 29 This coming May will be held in Paris, at the Sorbonne and the Canteen Digital / Silicon Sentier, the “CrisisCamp Europe”, the first summit of European Crisis Camps. This event aims to bring together the European members of the worldwide community of CrisisCamp and promote its development in Europe.

The past year since the Camp Crisis Paris at La Cantine / Silicon Sentier in Paris demonstrated through multiple climatic disasters, natural or technological or policy that new dynamic now being created spontaneously from citizens during a crisis thanks to new technologies and online social networks. These technologies are not necessarily sophisticated, simple SMS can build bridges between continents and save lives by connecting those who need help or information and those who can give them.

The large central humanitarian and emergency relief, jusqu’à l’ONU, are now convinced that social networks play and will play an increasingly central during crises and open to this form of virtual collaboration. It is in this context that the meeting place of European Crisis Camps, to expose the feedbacks, tools and innovations of European countries, with representatives of U.S. Crisis Camps.

Among the objectives of these 3 days of meetings and events in Paris: share best practices and tools for citizen mobilization during an emergency (social networks, mapping, etc…), présenter des exemples concrets (Haiti, French Caribbean Côte d'Ivoire, Japan, Italy, etc…), further discussions or workshops at some aspects of crisis management (before, during and after), and generally, awareness of the usefulness of new technologies and approaches created around them in a crisis.

This event is open to all, players in the field of humanitarian and emergency or people simply interested in these new practices and requiring more information or to join the global community of volunteers who are Crisis Crisis Camp Camp Paris and Europe, CrisisCommons.

CrisisCamp By Video

Here are a few great videos from past CrisisCamps. We just saw the 2010 CrisisCamp Day video again from the @WorldBank and are excited about the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction's (@gfdrr) report on Volunteer Technology Communities and Open Development. Be sure to check out their report!

We hope you can participate!


  • Create a CrisisCamp in your town
  • Volunteer your expertise
  • Join the conversation
  • Read About CrisisCamp Haiti's After Action Report
  • Follow @CrisisCamp or Friend the Commons


    23 March: Simulation of a tsunami in the Caribbean Zone

    Paris will host the Wednesday CrisisCamp 23 March at 14:00 exercise
    simulation of tsunami on the Caribbean Basin.
    This workshop is organized in parallel simulation of fiscal Caribe Wave 11,
    led by UNESCO.
    It will mobilize volunteers and tools related networks
    social crisis management.
    The Caribbean is a particularly sensitive area disaster
    Natural. Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and cyclones occur regularly
    in these territories. Added to this
    - a multiplicity of interlocutors with thirty different governments
    - Creole languages ​​specific to each island in addition to English
    l’espagnol, French and Dutch.

    This exercise will be an opportunity to address the challenge of
    transversality between actors in the crisis management, collect
    data (Geographic, diplomatic, Humanitarian) disclaimer
    territories and exploit them in the decision support.

    /!\ IMPORTANT /!\
    To avoid creating any panic please specify in each
    your Tweets and Facebook messages the following hashtags:
    /!\ IMPORTANT /!\

    English: EXERCISE – NOT REAL #CW11
    French: THIS IS AN EXERCISE - # CW11
    Spanish: EXERCISES IS # CW11
    Kréyol: SÉ ON EGZESIS #CW11

    You can follow the exercise by following the hashtags # CW11,
    #Exercise_CW11, # CrisisCampParis

    You can follow us throughout the year on:

    Monitoring: Sendai Quake (Report 2)


    CrisisCommons, along with our friends in the greater volunteer technology community, stands ready to provide opportunities to volunteers of all skills levels to contribute to support requests made by crisis response agencies such as UN OCHA, Red Cross or local emergency management in support of their response and recovery efforts to response to 2011 Sendai earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that has affected countries across the Pacific region.

    CrisisCommons continues to monitor efforts in the region as well as supporting an information gathering request from the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Coordination Agency to provide additional sources to their Common Operational Datasets (see page 5 for categories). Volunteers from across the world have been collaborating via a public Skype chat to input data feeds and information into Country Profiles throughout the day. This evening, CrisisCamp Silicon Valley hosted a gathering to contribute to monitoring efforts. We anticipate for the next 24 hours, CrisisCommons will continue its effort to support the UN OCHA request and provide data collected back to the public via the CrisisCommons Wiki.

    There are additional technology volunteer efforts underway such as the Evidence map supported locally in Japan. Additionally, agencies and organizations encouraged information sharing such as the International Red Cross is encouraging the use of Family Links system and Google launched their Japanese version of People Finder (English & Japanese), an open database allowing users to search for missing persons online, or submit information about people who are injured or are missing.

    Since the earthquake, about 75 technology volunteers have signed up to volunteer from countries including Canada, India, New Zealand, Switzerland, Taipei, Syria, Nigeria, Brazil, Chile, Figi and the United States. We want to THANK all the great people who volunteered their time today and/or worked with us closely to support our efforts.Today’s core team of volunteers contributed hours and hour of their time to this monitoring and information gathering effort included:

    Diggz, Dave Leng, Pascal Schuback, Richard Clark, Nigel McNie, Gisili Olafsson (NetHope), Heather Leson, Deborah Shaddon, Chad Catacchio, Demelz Woolston, Ajay Kumar, Andrew Hague, Jeannie Stamberger, Aaron McGowan, Matt Lucas, Hayato Clearwater, Alex Rose, Catherine Graham, Andrej Verity (UN OCHA), Luke, Justine Sanderson, Noiran Shirley, Aaron Wislang, Luis Aguilar Hernardo (UN OCHA), Richard, Anthony Baxter, Ted He, Anhai Iacucci, Katherine Came, Monika Adamczyk, Natalie Casetti, Walid Nasr, Willow Brugh, Justin Isbell, Dan York, Julie Wolf, Pedro Pablo Fuentes Schuster, Eddie, Chicando, Samantha Bear, Spike, Just Ziemke, Seba Gonzalez, Sential Prakash Chinnachamy, HELP, Barry Radford, Chris Adams (Google Crisis Response), Todd Lewis, Kate Starbird (University of Colorado), Makoto Inoue, About, Ibrahim Oyekanmi, Patrick Svenburg (Microsoft), Claire Bonilla (Microsoft), SuzHayato Clearwaterc Disaster Center), Lara Barfield, Nate DiNiro, Ellen Feig, Hayato Clearwater, Jeremy Johnstone (Yahoo / RhoK), Nils Hitze, Sara Farmer, Tim Schwartz, MacGenio, Alexa Masucci, Laise Bale, Richard Edon Barber, Matthias Glastra, Britta Ricker Peters, Carolyn, David Black, Jon Nystrom, Ian Lane, Abhinav Jauhri, Craig Hokanson, Sumathi Lingappa, Leesa Astredo, Give Lee Weber, LLeesa Astredo Christina Kraich-Rogers, Female Chong, Sumathi Lingappa and Christopher Peri. Thanks to everyone for your help today!

    For more information on how you can volunteer to help on March 12 just sign up!

    Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan // Links & Live-blog

    The Hot Line CrisisCampParis on the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011 Japan:

    A live blog launched by Claude du Crisis Camp Paris on Japan:

    In ce post de Global Voices some links and resources (by the team SGS Japan):

    The Ushahidi launched to the epicenter of the earthquake (no information yet, under construction at noon Paris time):

    The mapped information on the USGS earthquake in Japan (Hawaii and West Coast U.S. tsumani alert):

    Google launched less than two hours after the earthquake the “People find” (people search) for Japan, Japanese and English:

    Monitoring: Honshu Quake

    ***We encourage those who are within the Tsunami warning and watch areas
    tuned to their local emergency response authorities. ***


    Technology volunteers outside of the effected area (Canada, India, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States) are monitoring events in the Pacific Rim.

    Currently a CrisisCamp Asia Pacific Public Skype Chat has been established for monitoring and a wiki page devoted to the collection of media links, data feeds and publicly available datasets.

    A volunteer sign up has been established for monitoring or other actions upon the request of local authorities or humanitarian relief agencies.

    At this time CrisisCommons has not received a request for support. We will continue to monitor and post resources which may be shared via the CrisisCommons Wiki.



    Record: Christchurch earthquake map to no longer be maintained as of March 11

    Below is an announcement from CrisisCampNZ about the group’s decision to no longer maintain/update the main Christchurch Recovery Map website as of March 11:

    As things in Christchurch begin to switch from ‘response’ mode to ‘recovery’ fashion, we have consulted with people on the ground in Christchurch on the future of the site. Given that Student Volunteer Army (ALL) is winding its operations down, the consensus was that we are also planning for a managed wind down of by this Friday 11 March at 5pm.

    We have received some wonderfully positive feedback on the useful service that we provided to the people of Christchurch, and our work is now being used in Libya as well. I hope you all feel proud to have been a part of such a generous group of people who donated their time,efforts, and ideas to such a worthy cause.

    On Friday at 5pm you will see a banner appear on the site with the following text: “This site is no longer being maintained. Information will be progressively out of date. Please visit (official URLs) for official information about the recovery.” Some sub-projects of the site, such as for data and for business recovery and assistance, will live on for a bit longer until they become less useful or relevant.

    In the meantime, there will be some work required to ensure that the site degrades gracefully. ‘Wind down’ tasks are being worked through now, so please join us on Skype if you are still able to volunteer. We’d also love to get your feedback on your volunteering experience on this low-pain survey, which will be passed on to the Crisis Commons Global Community:

    Volunteer Survey

    Debriefing sessions for all volunteers are being organised in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and also online. More details to come shortly. If you’d like to stay involved in the use of technology for emergency management, or get involved in future response activities in New Zealand, please join

    CrisisCampNZ email list:

    CrisisCampNZ Google group:

    Thank you so much for your help with!

    We will be following up on this blog and on the Wiki with after action items, perspectives and eventually a report, but for now, we’d also like to thank everyone that has contributed to this project over the past few hard weeks, and of course, we wish the people and city of Christchurch a speedy recovery.

    Models for Preparedness – CrisisCamp Toronto

    Crisiscamp Toronto is preparing. We’ve learned from the global CrisisCommons responses that we need to build relationships and capacity locally, provincially and nationally. Our core team is David Black (Emergency Management lead), Melanie Gorka (International Development and Projects lead), Brian Chick (Social Media Trainer and New Media lead) and myself (City Lead and Community hacker). Together, we’ve been running monthly events for the past year. Our unique mix of skills, networks and dedication to building is helping us grow our community. We are a sandbox for Preparedness CrisisCamps and for building community within your city.

    On Saturday, February 19, 2011, our second preparedness CrisisCamp was attended by 30 people. Some people were new faces while others attended previous CrisisCamp or Random Hacks of Kindness events. Our goals were to build a common sharing space and to build local CrisisCamp capacity emergency managers, software developers, journalists, new media, government and technical groups. We designed a program to recognize that people have different interests and gaps. The model also included cross-training, brainstorming, planning projects and community building.

    Event Highlights:

    • In the morning, we held three simultaneous sessions: Social Media 101 (Brian Chick), Emergency Management 101 (Patrice Cloutier, Jason Redlarski, and David Black) and GIS/Mapping 101 (Richard and Kristina MacKinnon Weait).
    • We welcomed participants from the Ontario government and Toronto Police. This is the first time we have ever had Canadian officials attend a full CrisisCamp event. Canadian officials are slowly becoming interested in this space as we continue to outreach with the help from some early leaders. Evolving national and local communities is one of our core goals this year. We were delighted to have them join us.
    • Richard Weait of OpenStreetMap provided us an Introduction EIGHT and some individual training.
    • George Chamales, Konpa Group, offered to give a spontaneous one hour presentation via skype from Haiti. He provided a great overview and mentorship for our community. Some of his topics were: What is Evidence? What were some of the emergency/crisis response deployments of the past year? What are the best practices? Lessons learned? George also provided some feature requests for our developers to brain on and answered some technical questions. One of the requests was completed during the camp.
    • Sara Farmer, and A Global Pulse, provided cross-training for mapping and gave participants a global perspective on the movements.
    • We held the first ever tweet-up and live tweet chat about social media in Canadian emergencies. This was lead by the fantastic, and bilingual, Patrice Cloutier. Patrice is a leader in this space in Canada and offered to help moderate the conversation. As well, David Black and Jason Redlarski provided context for emergency management in Canada. Patrice is a member of the SMEM weekly chats.
    • We had a group brainstorm on Canadian emergency management needs and project ideas for preparedness and response. This will help us plan our activities for future events.
    • Melanie Gorka facilitated a number of brainstorming topics about CrisisCommons in Canada and digital volunteerism. She also coordinated our content curation team.
    • Glenn McKnight set-up a display for IEEE’s Humanitarian Initiatives and provided demonstrations for the Solar Suitcase. Glenn is a big proponent of Open Hardware and helped us geek out beyond software solutions and think about our friends in the Maker community.
    • We used Scribblelive to liveblog our content for the event. This really worked well. We recommend it for other CrisisCamp events.
    • The majority of our events have been held at University of Toronto. This partnership has been amazing. Not only can we use multiple rooms for break-out sessions, we have a strong university student contingent that is helping us grow.

    Every city and every country has different needs, yet some similar themes. We would be happy to answer any questions. But, most of all: STEAL or HACK this MODEL. It really worked. We are very thankful for our presenters, guests from Volunteer Technical Communities, government officials and the amazing participants who asked great questions and are the reason that CrisisCamp Toronto continues to grow.

    Stay Tuned!

    CrisisCamp Toronto City Lead
    Heather Leson