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After the earthquake in Haiti, a community of crisis mappers started
to prove what can be done when gifted minds channel their energies
into a collective effort. Often working across increasingly artificial
boundaries of sector, organization, and country -and sometimes bending
or breaking “The Rules” – the community learned new lessons about how
large scale efforts interact with the legalities of the commercial and
governmental world. At the same time, people working in the places
called “black” figured out ways to make imagery available which has
never been on the public Internet. What lessons should we draw from
Haiti? How did it differ from earlier disasters? What can our
government learn about how to change its processes, and what can the
Where 2.0 community learn about interacting with government? This
session will highlight the efforts of many individuals and will
testify to the lessons derived from their efforts.
Jeffrey Johnson is a web developer who is passionate about geospatial applications of web technology.
John coordinates a community of developers who build solutions for big problems in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. One of those issues is how to create a bridge between governments, NGOs, and stressed populations using crowdsourcing and other forms of collective intelligence.
Supporting the STAR-TIDES initiative at the National Defense University, he led a tiger team to connect crowdsourcing communities with the U.S. Southern Command’s emergency operations centre during the Haiti response. Between earthquakes, John coordinates the “Camp Roberts” RELIEF experiments through the Naval Postgraduate School—a program that gathers participants from responder communities and challenges them to swarm around shared problems. Through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, John is expanding an existing program in crisis mapping to include the theory and practice around collective intelligence for response operations.
John holds an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was the Robert C. Seamans Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. He also holds masters and bachelors degrees in intellectual history and music from Boston University. He tweets at @jcrowley.
Schuyler Erle has been a Free Software developer and evangelist for over a dozen years. He was a co-author of ‘Mapping Hacks’ and ‘Google Maps Hacks’. Schuyler was also a co-founder of the OpenLayers and TileCache projects, and is a charter member of the OSGeo Foundation. Schuyler currently resides in San Francisco, where he designs and builds new and exotic geospatial technology at SimpleGeo.
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