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Sandy CrisisCamp

Do you want to help with Sandy response? Come design, code, and learn with other people this weekend at a CrisisCamp! (check out the wiki page for collaboration)

Here’s how you can get involved if you are a:

Volunteer that can attend in person: If you would like to attend a CrisisCamp in person, please sign up on one of the EventBrite pages below.

Volunteer that can’t attend in person: There will most likely be many projects that you will be able to coordinate on with volunteers at the event, so if would like to participate, please sign up on Eventbrite as well so you’re in the email loop.

Project or Organization that could use some help: If you are currently involved in a the recovery process for Sandypreferably in an official capacity, but non-official projects that are providing a needed service are great tooand would like some help from volunteers participating in the CrisisCamp, please let us know by emailing Chad Catacchio or باسكال Schuback.

These events are free and open to the public. You don’t have to be technical to volunteer time.  Also, you may show up at anytime during the day for as long as you wishalthough obviously we will get the most done with the most people there.

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Next week:

Don’t see your city listed? Here’s a rundown of what running a CrisisCamp is like. If you have a venue lined up, email Chad Catacchio of CrisisCommons or Willow Brugh and we’ll get you set up. Once venues are live, we’ll add them to this list.

About CrisisCamp

CrisisCamp will bring together domain experts, developers, and first responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief. Each and every day, people across the world can find themselves in crisis. Whether it be for a day, a month or an area of social distress, we all have a common need to connect with loved ones, access information and offer assistance to others.

CrisisCamps are hosted in a BarCamp style where great minds come together to share their knowledge and expertise for social good.


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 مايكروسوفت و 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.

ال 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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Interim Management Team meets in Toronto

The acting CrisisCommons management team gathered in Toronto last week to start building a roadmap for the future of the organization. Facilitated by Robin White of the Meridian Institute and attended by nine CrisisCommons volunteers, the discussion ranged from mission statements, governance, potential partnerships, and incorporation. In attendance were Andrew Turner, Deborah Shaddon, Chad Catacchio, Jacob Greer, باسكال Schuback, ChrisSpikeFoote, بريان الفرخ, David Black and Patrice Cloutier.

Hosted by David Black and the University of Toronto, representatives came from all over the U.S. and even Europe for the two-day event. Workgroup leads presented their reports, along with goals and plans on how each committee should move forward. After some discussion, plans were finalized and committments were made.

Perhaps the most important part of the discussion was the current status of the incorporation process. CrisisCommons has been an ad-hock network of volunteers for nearly three years now, وأصبح من الواضح أن كيان قانوني من نوع ما يجب إنشاء. Pascal Schuback took the lead on that and has been dealing with a lawyer provided by the Woodrow Wilson Center to help us through the process of becoming a non-profit corporation.  Soon, when the paperwork is complete, فإن بعض الأعضاء الحاضرين في هذا الاجتماع تصبح أول مجلس إدارة للCrisisCommons أدرجت.

More details will follow, but please don’t hesitate to contact anybody who attended for more details.

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 مخيمات, 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 تغريد 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 بوك.

[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 الأسئلة تتطلب بعض الإجابات و, الآس ايلينا Rapisardi (المؤسس المشارك لCrisisCampإيطاليا) يذكرنا: حالات الطوارئ لا تنتظر ".

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, right?)

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:


Talk audio recording by Radio Perusia (Italian): المتشعب://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

CrisisCamp Italy: bridging gaps between VTCs and the authorities

I had the great pleasure of having a skype chat with Francesco Ciriaci, المؤسس المشارك لCrisisCamp إيطاليا ومنظم منتدى القادمة على وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعية في إدارة الطوارئ (أنا) at CrisisCamp Italia 2012 on March 17 in Bologna.

Francesco is a leader in the use of emerging technologies by volunteers in disasters in the European scene. Francesco contacted CrisisCommons to see how we could help in establishing a bridgehead for the promotion of the use of social media in emergency management in Italy.

Although he’s already very active with different projects merging humanitarian aid and technology, Francesco wanted to hear more from the experience in integrating social media into emergency management from this side of the Atlantic Ocean. He’s particularly interested in the contribution that citizens and volunteers can make when disasters strike and building relationships with official agencies
فرانشيسكو Ciriaci يتحدث عن الدورة القادمة للقمة وCrisisCamp ايطاليا 2012

It’s another example of the role played by volunteer technical communities (in this case CrisisCommons) in developing relationships and capacities that would be of great service to areas impacted by disasters and the authorities responding to them.

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CrisisCamp Italia and the exploration of social media in emergency management (أنا)

Our Italian colleagues are holding their second CrisisCamp in Bologna on March 17, 2012. وسوف يتم وضع علامة على يوما بعد استكشاف الاتجاه المتزايد نحو استخدام وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية في إدارة الطوارئ. The SMEM community is nothing new for CrisisCommons as we have sponsored and organized many meetings on this topic in the last couple of years.

Francesco Ciriaci, a co-founder of CrisisCamp Italia explains the reasons behind the آذار / مارس 17 gathering:

In the past weeks we all witness the emergecies occured in Italy: the earthquake and the snow. The web is actually playing an important role in the exchange of information, and Twitter is becoming an acknowledged source of information, also for the talk shows and tv news.

Crisis Camp Italia is organizing a one-day camp to discuss operational proposals on how to use Twitter and social media to propagate information about risks, والطوارئ.
نحن نسعى لتعريف تعاوني ملصق من صفحة واحدة شرح أساسيات جدا من الدورة القادمة للقمة للمواطنين: افعل (وما يترك) وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية في حالات الطوارئ والترويج لها في إيطاليا.
التسجيل مفتوح ومجاني: المتشعب://smem0.eventbrite.com
(وسوف يكون الحدث في الإيطالية, فقط, مع تويتينغ الحية في الايطالية والانجليزية.
فرانشيسكو وفريقه يبحثون في كيفية وضع معا الموارد للمواطنين على “الممارسات الناشئة” في استخدام وسائل الاعلام الاجتماعية أثناء الكوارث. ال الاسترالية مشروع ويكي Emergency2.0 ويجري النظر إليها على أنها مثال جيد. سنعمل مع فرانشيسكو وزملاؤه الإيطالية لدينا (وغيرها من أوروبا) للمساعدة في جعل هذا الاجتماع نجاحا.

مقال آخر حول دور مراكز التدريب المهني في حالات الطوارئ

قطعة كبيرة من مجلة إدارة الطوارئ مع التركيز على CrisisCommons.