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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.

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 Information will be progressively out of date.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

The presentations of the second CrisisCamp @ The Canteen

This second meeting was held CrisisCamp Paris on 1 October at The Canteen, form of informal meeting between the stakeholders of the urgency, whether professional or voluntary, or volunteers.

While in Paris on the OWF, the founders of the U.S. CrisisCamp, Dickov Noel and Heather Blanchard have told at that meeting, their experiences and visions of CrisisCamp. After a quick round where everyone showed up briefly, The meeting was structured around the presentation topics and workshops offered by participants and organizers of the day.

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Guadeloupe : Crowdmap a fight against dengue

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Gael Musquet (one of the co-founders of Camp Crisis Paris) took a trip to Guadeloupe and the new tool of Ushahidi, Crowdmap, to launch a online map centered on the Caribbean “nests” mosquito, to clean, because mosquitoes are currently carrying dengue (infectious disease), and caused the current epidemic. The principle ?Report on map, with GPS, or place / landmark nearest any useful information to fight against its spread (stagnant waters, Bulky, garbage, etc.) by connecting to the card from a computer or mobile phone.

The link to your bookmarks and mobile :

FLOSS for Crisis

The tools of crisis management is one of the topics to’Open World Forum 2010, world summit dedicated to free software.

The question of coordination of actors in the emergency and volunteer citizens becomes an object of debate, with a round table of representatives from Crisiscommons (global network of community event and workshop development, aiming to meet and collaborate to individuals who innovate solutions to situations of emergencies and crises), Sahana (free platform, Administrators emergencies during disasters), Open Street Map (free mapping and community in which multiple applications and uses affiliate with the response to criseshumanitaires), Evidence (free and open platform for information and communication in a crisis), and many others…