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CrisisCamp Portland, OR

CrisisCommons

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)

Portland, OR

CrisisCamp Portland, OR

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This Saturday, (and Sunday if there's interest) CrisisCamp will bring together volunteers to collaborate on technology projects which aim to assist in Haiti's relief efforts by providing data, information, maps and technical assistance to NGOs, relief agencies and the public. 

This event is free and open to the public. You don't have to be technical to volunteer time.  There will be projects that can be done by anybody who has used Google.

Projects
Open Tweet Find:
Coordinated effort to review 20,000 - 50,000 tweets from Tweak the Tweet. The lead for this project will be Chris Blow (Portland, Oregon). Cities confirmed to participate Portland, Boston, Silicon Valley.

Haiti Hospital Capacity Finder    Members of the Haitian community have requested an application or tool where there is real time data regarding capacities of local hospitals. There are many hospitals outside of PaP who are under capacity and could be used.

Haiti RSS Feed Challenge     At the request of the United Nations Development Program, CrisisCommons has been asked to provide an exhaustive list of RSS feeds (English and in French to aid in their ability to have greater situational awareness, news and information. CrisisCamp LA has begun a Google Spreadsheet, click here.

OpenStreetMap - Haiti Basemap: This ongoing project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data points to create a base map for non-profits in need of current geospatial information.

Languages and Translation: Utilize French-speakers to translate key phrases, use in mobile apps. See: http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/Languages_and_Translation

Person Finder  This ongoing project will be focused on searching for cataloging missing persons databases and information pages, providing constructive suggestions for the[ [International Committee of the Red Cross FamilyLinks]] [1] website, [tagging news photos][2], [review of the People Finder Interchange Format][3] and document how to connect pictures.

 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. 

During Transparency Camp 09 and Government 2.0 Camp, several campers exchanged a host of ideas on the need to better connect people with their social networks and information through the use of technology, especially during times and places of crisis.  For example, campers shared how mobile innovation on mobile health and alternative power supplies was happening in Africa. Others shared how how citizens of the cloud used their technical skills to aggregate data to help people (often in another part of the world) synthesize desperate pieces of information into something they could understand. We uncovered a dividing line between international humanitarian relief and domestic crisis response. We saw common themes across all efforts including: the use of mobility, the Internet as a common coordination platform, the need for volunteers and the ability to provide alternative community communications access areas. By the end of the tweet-up, we had 40 volunteers sitting around in a circle with an agreement that there should be a forum to exchange these ideas. And it was there, where a common goal brought government, NGOs, private sector, hackers and activists together to create CrisisCamp. 

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

CrisisCommons Wiki: http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/Main_Page

CrisisCamp on Twitter: @CrisisCamp @crisiscampPDX

Email: CrisisCampPDX@gmail.com (Event Producer: Laura Schultz)

Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/crisiscamppdx

 


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NedSpace Old Town
117 NW 5th
btw Couch and Davis, right of Backspace
Portland, OR 97209

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)


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CrisisCommons

CrisisCommons brings together domain experts, developers, and first responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief. CrisisCommons is part of a global movement who is bringing together volunteers, academia, non-profits, companies and government officials to share best practices and lessons learned to advocate for further use of technology and telecommunications to assist citizens and communities during crisis.

Founded in March 2009 through an impromptu Tweetup at the Government 2.0 Camp, a small band of idealists and innovators gathered together to discuss the idea of a creating a common community through a mash-up of citizen volunteers, crisis response organizations, international humanitarian relief, non-profits and the private sector (especially the technology and telecommunications sectors). Within minutes, the CrisisCamp concept was born to unite communities, seek common ground and innovation in the use of technology and mobility during crisis.

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