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Great interviews on crowdsourcing and collaboration

A great episode of the TED Radio Hour program on NPR in the US is now available. It features key pioneers of crowdsourcing and other thinkers on online

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collaboration, who express their views about the world-changing aspect of technology.

Here’s a link to the original blog posthttp://blog.ted.com/2013/07/12/ted-radio-hour-asks-why-do-we-collaborate/  and to the podcast of the radio showhttp://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/ .

A mustlistenfor digital volunteers and those interested in the power of the crowd.

 

 

Showcasing the role of social media and digital volunteers in the response to Superstorm Sandy

The members of the Department of Homeland Ssecurity’s Virtual Social Media Working Group and First Responders Group recently issued a very comprehensive review of the use of digital and mobile technologies in the response to Sandy.

The document highlights the growing role of social media by official agencies for communications and situational awareness but also pays a great deal of attention to the contribution by the public and digital volunteers to the response efforts.

The efforts of organizations and initiatives such as Humanity Road, Geeks Without Borders and Occupy Sandy are prominently featured. The work by CrisisCommons volunteers is also noted as the following excerpt indicates:

 

On November 2, 2012, CrisisCommons received a call from the White House asking for assistance. The request and effort focused on collecting and gathering information on various gas maps, but more specifically to:

 Identify information for displaying on maps;
 Look for open standards to connect and share information on maps;
 Create maps and collaborate with other groups;
 Create a complete gas map story;
 Report and validate map information from the public; e
 Determine how the virtual community could contribute to these initiatives.

You can access this very illuminating document here.

Showcasing the role of social media and digital volunteers in the response to Superstorm Sandy

The members of the Department of Homeland Ssecurity’s Virtual Social Media Working Group and First Responders Group recently issued a very comprehensive review of the use of digital and mobile technologies in the response to Sandy.

The document highlights the growing role of social media by official agencies for communications and situational awareness but also pays a great deal of attention to the contribution by the public and digital volunteers to the response efforts.

The efforts of organizations and initiatives such as Humanity Road, Geeks Without Borders and Occupy Sandy are prominently featured. The work by CrisisCommons volunteers is also noted as the following excerpt indicates:

 

On November 2, 2012, CrisisCommons received a call from the White House asking for assistance. The request and effort focused on collecting and gathering information on various gas maps, but more specifically to:

 Identify information for displaying on maps;
 Look for open standards to connect and share information on maps;
 Create maps and collaborate with other groups;
 Create a complete gas map story;
 Report and validate map information from the public; e
 Determine how the virtual community could contribute to these initiatives.

You can access this very illuminating document here.

Showcasing the role of social media and digital volunteers in the response to Superstorm Sandy

The members of the Department of Homeland Ssecurity’s Virtual Social Media Working Group and First Responders Group recently issued a very comprehensive review of the use of digital and mobile technologies in the response to Sandy.

The document highlights the growing role of social media by official agencies for communications and situational awareness but also pays a great deal of attention to the contribution by the public and digital volunteers to the response efforts.

The efforts of organizations and initiatives such as Humanity Road, Geeks Without Bounds and Occupy Sandy are prominently featured. The work by CrisisCommons volunteers is also noted as the following excerpt indicates:

 

On November 2, 2012, CrisisCommons received a call from the White House asking for assistance. The request and effort focused on collecting and gathering information on various gas maps, but more specifically to:

 Identify information for displaying on maps;
 Look for open standards to connect and share information on maps;
 Create maps and collaborate with other groups;
 Create a complete gas map story;
 Report and validate map information from the public; e
 Determine how the virtual community could contribute to these initiatives.

You can access this very illuminating document here.

Uniting technology and crowdsourcing to prevent human rights abuses and genocide

CrisisCommons is proud to highlight the launch of a new online resource by the team behind The Sentinel Project For Genocide Prevention. The online course, called Introduction to Technology for Human Rightshttps://sentinelproject.herokuapp.com/course ) begins on June 10. It has been designed with activists, scholars, human rights defenders, development professionals, and journalists in mind.

The course is also all-online and modestly priced so that it can be accessible to as many people as possible regardless of location and finances. It covers fundamental principles for incorporating technology into human rights or other campaigns and is introductory in nature so no specific technical skills are requiredeveryone is welcome.

We encourage CrisisCommons supporters to learn more about the team behind the project and visithttp://thesentinelproject.org/our-team/.

 

CrisisCommons Wiki undergoing maintenance

We’re sorry to say that it’s that time again! Our wiki is currently undergoing maintenance.

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Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

It will be back as soon as we can make it happen. Stay tuned!


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The Humanitarian Toolbox

Strong partnerships, a new era for humanitarian assistance.

CrisisCommons is among a group of Volunteer Technical Communities (VTCs) and others who have joined forces to launch a new initiative to bringing together the expertise and good will of software developers and the passion and knowledge of those working in humanitarian assistance.

NetHope, GeeksWithoutBounds and CrisisCommons, supported by Microsoft e DotNetRocks, are behind the launch of the Humanitarian Toolbox. The initiative intends to create synergies for the common good.

Microsoft is playing a key role in support of the Humanitarian Toolbox by offering its Team Foundation Services as the technical platform. All of us realize that our world is increasingly coming closer together as new technologies bring testimonies of despair and tragedy to the entire globe.

We are here because we care and know we can make a difference. We also believe collaboration is at the heart of assistance during a disaster.

L' Humanitarian Toolbox is the latest illustration of this principle.

More details on this initiative is available in the news section of The Humanitarian Toolbox or listen to the .NETRocks! podcast . We, at CrisisCommons, feel privileged to be among its early supporters.

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More on the recent CrisisCamp Italia

The following is a guest post from Francesco Ciriaci on the recent CrisisCamp held in Bologna, Italy in March and the discussions that followed among crisiscampers in that country.

Italian Campers joining the conversation

The first Italian #SMEM Camp

The first Italian Camp on Social Media in Emergency Management took place in Bolognaon the 17th of March 2012. It has been a great camp, not only by the number of participants (40!), well beyond our expectations, but for the quality of the work done and the commitment of the whole group. 

Special thanks go to CrisisCommons for the support, guidance and for keeping us focused on the global #SMEM conversation: there is a pattern emerging from the latest campi, a model that could be replicated. We are also collaborating with Stefania Milanresearcher and Italian expat, who is helping CrisisCommons better understand virtual volunteering.

Highlights from the Camp

The SMEM theme is particularly felt in Italy as a result of some emergencies of the last winter: many of us strive to foster a serious discussion on the topic and a more effective use of social media for risk prevention and emergency in Italy.

11 short talks were made during the morning, all very interesting and varieda presentation on the basic concepts of emergency management and the Italian contextone on the impact on the legal framework, and one on communication/official communication; two startups (Metwit and UPTU) working on the topic! and many others.

Three talks were particularly relevant for the global conversation on SMEM:

1. Alfonso Crisci presented his amazing work on Twitter semantic analysis, showing the tools used and how well such analysis could monitor an emergency, and predict risk.

2. Michele d’Alena talked about #boneve, the beautiful, enlightening case on how Twitter had been used during the last snow emergency in Bologna

3. Emanuela Risso and Flavio Ciaranfi presented the stunning case of Angeli con il Fango sulle Magliette: how to reach millions of people and engage them in few days, using Facebook.

[Quote: “Twitter is king and Facebook queen of Social Media in Emergency.”]

In the afternoon we divided into three working groups to address the best practices of Twitter usage (guidelines, hashtags, …) in three different types of risk: health, volcanoes and earthquakes, geological.

Some of the presenters at the CrisisCamp Italia

We concluded the day with more open questions that we had before the camp, but different and definitively better ones!

One month later

After the camp the discussion continued online (there are now 85 people in the group), for the questions require some answers and, as Elena Rapisardi (co-founder of CrisisCamp Italy) reminds us: emergencies do not wait”.

Here are the main points:

it is rooted in thecitizens as sensorsapproach that, to be a sensor, means to switch from an emotional participation to a proactive collaboration. It means to learn how to be ready, how to recognize a normal natural phenomenon from a risk, and thus be proactive when coping with natural hazards and emergencies:

there is a serious demand coming from Civil Protection bodies, rescue bodiesmonitoring research centers, scholars and volunteers for guidelines in Twitter usage

itʼs not possible not control the hashtags but it is possible to influence them, and we have to find better ways to manage hashtags

the geographical dimension is the most complex to manage online, tools are not there yet (we could ask Twitter to improve their system, destra?)

Learning how to be a proactiveand not passivesensor, could be a huge challenge, but the main stream on disaster reduction underlines that the wave of the cultural change could come from a wider citizens engagement

"Disasters can be substantially reduced if people are well informed and motivated towards a culture of disaster prevention and resilience, which in turn requires the collectioncompilation and dissemination of relevant knowledge and information on hazardsvulnerabilities and capacities." (Hyogo Framework for Action).

A common tag strategy could help raising awareness on natural hazards and emergencies among citizens. We are working on the rationale document aiming to contribute to the wider international debate, and preparing a short guideline for citizens (the SMEM Vademecum) to support the switch from emotional participation to proactive collaboration and engagement.

Whatʼs next

The Italians woke up later than others, but are moving fast: there is a strong interest for another camp soon and the Angeli con il fango sulle magliette have kindly offered to host the next Camp in Genova, likely in June. In the meantime the work continues online!

Official event web-page and slides of talks:

http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/SMEMCamp_Bologna_2012

Talk audio recording by Radio Perusia (Italian): http://www.spreaker.com/page#!/show/ radio_perusia

New documents uploaded to the CrisisCommons Wiki page

The Interim Management Team of CrisisCommons strongly believes in transparency and openness. For this reason, about a dozen documents have been uploaded to the Wiki page and made available to the community.  Look on the main page under CrisisCommons Interim Management Team and Community Documents.

The documents are divided in three categories: strategic planning, grant and meeting/call notes. They reflect the work undertaken by the IMT in the last 18 months to lay the foundations for the continued growth of the Commons.

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts with us.

 

What happened at this weekend’s CrisisCamp Ireland

Solidifying CrisisCommonspresence overseesThe view from Ireland, courtesy of Evert Bopp (@thenext100k) on Twitter.

His debrief of the work accomplished