Published on August 30th, 2012 | by EJC1
- Crisis Mappers – The Humanitarian Technology Network
The International Network of Crisis Mappers is the largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping. Join the Google Group here.
- Crisis Commons
CrisisCommons is a global community of volunteers from technology, crisis response organisations, government agencies, and citizens that are working together to build and use technological tools to help respond to disasters and improve resiliency and response before a crisis. Join the Google Group here.
GISCorps is a programme of the Association for GIS Professionals (URISA) which operates entirely on a volunteer basis. It coordinates short term, volunteer based GIS services to underprivileged communities.
Ushahidi is a tool to easily crowdsource information using multiple channels, including SMS, email, Twitter and the web.
- Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
The HOT is an initiative to apply the principles of open source and open data sharing towards humanitarian response and economic development.
- The Standby Task Force (SBTF)
The SBTF rises to the challenge of turning the adhoc groups of tech-savy mapping volunteers that emerge around crises into a flexible, trained and prepared network ready to deploy.
- Humanity Road (HR)
HR is a public charity powered by volunteers from all over the world, dedicated to educating the public with critical recovery information before, during and after a catastrophic disaster.
Since the 2010 Haiti earthquake CrowdFlower made it possible to route thousands of text messages to the proper aid workers and to get them translated quickly. Average time to translate, map, geocode, and categorise a text fell to less than two minutes
Open source software that allows users to distribute and collect information via SMS using only a mobile phone and computer.
MapAction is a NGO with a capacity to deploy a fully trained and equipped humanitarian mapping and information management team anywhere in the world, often within just hours.
- Google Person Finder
Google Person Finder is a crowdsourced data bank of people aiming to reconnect friends and families in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.
A citizen journalism focused photo agency that sells videos and images uploaded by ordinary people and freelance photographers to the international news media. The newswire, founded on the principle of freedom and speech and information, gives 50% of sale profit to the user if their content is sold.
- Development Seed
A data visualisation a mapping team that helps “organizations use data to explain complex issues and make better decisions.” The company also offers “open source MapBox products that make it easy for anyone to create and host custom interactive web maps.”
- Resource Map
Resource Map helps you record, track and analyze your resources geographically in a collaborative environment accessible from anywhere.
- Geeks without Bounds
Geeks Without Bounds is an accelerator for humanitarian projects, taking teams through a six month mentorship cycle to bring good intentions to a state of deployment.
MobileActive.org is the leading network and resource on the use of mobile technology for social impact. They provide field consulting, conduct research, connect people online and through participatory events, and advance the use of mobiles for NGOs and civil society organizations.
Open Action is a mapping application that allows organisations and individuals to connect and visualise the content they care about. It is a helpful tool for those on the web who are struggling with an information overload.
HealthMap, a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital founded in 2006, is an established global leader in utilising online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats.
- Rapid SMS
RapidSMS is a free and open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic SMS mobile phone technology.
SwiftRiver is a platform that helps people make sense of a lot of information in a short amount of time, by filtering and verifying real-time data.
Platform monitoring and sythesising social media and news into location and time sequence which can then be filtered down. The platform is used to support Digital Humanitarian Network, and includes a credibility score for each user.
- Emergency Development Environment for Rapid Deployment Humanitarian Response Management (Eden)
Eden is a flexible humanitarian platform with a rich feature set that can be quickly customised to adapt to existing processes and integrate with existing systems to provide effective solutions for critical humanitarian needs management, either prior to or during a crisis.
- Humanitarian Early Warning Service (HEWS)
HEWSweb is an inter-agency partnership project aimed at establishing a common platform for humanitarian early warnings and forecasts for natural hazards.
- Understanding Risk
Understanding Risk (UR) is a community of global experts in the field of disaster risk assessment. UR community members share knowledge and experience, collaborate and discuss innovation and best practice in risk assessment.
The online repository for the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding industry with news, articles, videos, information and analysis.
- Digital Humanitarian Network
A newly created ‘network of networks’ which aims “to leverage digital networks in support of 21st century humanitarian response.” Specifically, to act as an interface between humanitarian organizations and volunteer & technical networks.
Tomnod uses the power of the crowd to solve world problems, using Crowdsourced Satellite Imagery Analysis.
Waze is a crowd-based traffic and navigation mobile app which allow the users to share real-time traffic and road information.