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Crisis Mapping

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 Crisis Mapping

Perhaps one of the most inspired and useful combinations of Social Justice and Digital Media, Crisis Mapping, leverages social networks to bring massive resources to help during times of crisis, natural and otherwise.

It requires large numbers of networked volunteers performing tasks ranging from remote translation of pleas for help in a native language, to scanning tweets, blogs, and news sources for current information, to plotting the data in an electronic, online resource. Fusing this data, they create the most accurate map available during the initial stages of a crisis, dramatically improving the delivery of humanitarian aid.

In this talk tudents will learn how the perfect storm of technology, social networking, and a strong desire to help resulted in the emergence of Crisis Mapping as a concept. They will also learn how they can participate as a volunteer in a crisis mapping effort.




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