From Libya to Japan, a Web-reporting platform called Ushahidi has helped human rights workers and others document and make sense of fast-moving crises. The platform allows reports from cell phones and Web-connected devices to be collected and displayed on Web-based maps. Now Ushahidi is adding a concept borrowed from location-based social networking, as well as layers of private access—functionality that could make the service more efficient and useful in politically charged circumstances. …
For full text of the article, visit Crisis Mapping Meets Check-in – Technology Review.
- Crisis Mapping Meets Check-in (technologyreview.com)
- Using the New Ushahidi Platform to Crisis Map Libya (ushahidi.com)
- Internet Activists Mobilize for Japan (technologyreview.in)
- Ushahidi’s Open Source Platform Lowers Barriers & Accelerates Storytelling (downtheavenue.com)
- Crisis-Mapping Platform Ushahidi Announces Crowdmap:CI, “Check-ins With a Purpose” (readwriteweb.com)
- Wrapping up Phase 1 of the Ushahidi-Kenya Evaluation (ushahidi.com)
- Announcing the Ushahidi Manual (ushahidi.com)
By Steve Lohr, NYT, March 28, 2011
…a new report says that the potential of online mapping to transform humanitarian services will not be realized without better coordination and communication between digital volunteers and veteran agencies in the relief field, like the United Nations and the Red Cross. The report, “Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies,” is a collaboration of four groups — the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Vodafone Foundation and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. It will be presented Monday at an international aid and development meeting in Dubai.
For full text of the article, visit In Relief Work, Online Mapping Yet to Attain Full Potential – NYTimes.com.
- How Mapping, SMS Platforms Saved Lives in Haiti Earthquake (pbs.org)
- Aid Organizations Hold Back on Japan (online.wsj.com)
by Lou Friedman, The Space Review, Monday, March 21, 2011
The earthquake and tsunami in Japan are the type of events that impact every aspect of life. Catastrophic events are not new on Earth—an argument that climate change deniers like to make to support their position that we should not worry about climate change’s impact. But what is so different now from even a century ago, let alone over the millennia of recorded history, is both the size of our population and its dependence on technology. Both change what were limited local problems into global ones. …
For full text of the article, visit The Space Review: Earthquakes and climate change: get the data.
The UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal for space-based information for the earthquake in Japan and Tsunami in the Pacific Region:
- Japan earthquake and tsunami (fieldnotes.unicefusa.org)
- NOAA’s National Weather Service – Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (stevenleesdouglas.wordpress.com)
- Spread of the Tsunami Visualized by NOAA (cehwiedel.com)
Call for Geospatial Data Sharing through the Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal
In response to the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, which struck offshore Sendai, Japan on Mar 11th 2011, the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University has launched the Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal (http://cegrp.cga.harvard.edu/japan/) to support the exchange of geospatial datasets for relief and reconstruction efforts. The portal works best with a Firefox browser.
If you have geospatial data about the earthquake impacted regions (such as satellite images, aerial photos, GIS data sets, or other data files that bear locational references) before or after the March 11th earthquake, please consider sharing them through this portal.
To contribute datasets to the portal, please email us to obtain the Secure FTP login information: chgis [AT] fas.harvard.edu.
You are also welcome to search our portal for related news and available data to download and use. All copyrights are retained by the original producers of the data, and downloads from this portal are for academic, non-commercial, relief and reconstruction efforts only.
Wendy Guan, Ph.D.
Director of GIS Research Services
Center for Geographic Analysis
Harvard University http://gis.harvard.edu
- Sendai, Japan Earthquake (recoverydiva.com)
- Video: Tsunami Waves Flood Japan’s Sendai Airport (newsfeed.time.com)
- From the sky: aerial views of Japan Sendai Quake/Tsunami destruction (big photo gallery) (boingboing.net)
Source: Directions Magazine, January 27, 2011.
The survey of 1500 residents last December in United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, the United States, and Canada was conducted as part of Microsoft’s participation in its annual Data Privacy Day this year to be held on Friday.
- Less than 20% of users had ever used a service that tells others where they are, or to find the location of other people.
- Only 27% of US users say they’d pay for any location-based service — even GPS-based services that let users find themselves and nearby businesses on a map. The number was lower in other countries, dropping to 16% in Canada.
… For full text of article, click here.
- Most Users Don’t Want To Share Their Location (GOOG, MSFT) (businessinsider.com)
- Microsoft offers up tips, stats on location privacy (news.cnet.com)
- Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner? (nytimes.com)
- Location and Privacy: Where are we headed on Data Privacy Day? (blogs.technet.com)
- “Do Not Track” Meets Privacy by Design: Announcing a New Two-Step Process for Getting to Privacy as the Default (blogs.technet.com)
- January 28, 2011 is Data Privacy Day (prweb.com)
- Location-based services: Where are they at? (globalneighbourhoods.net)
Jay Alabaster, The Huffington Post, May 2, 2009
TOKYO — When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn’t expect a backlash. The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site, and a historical map of Tokyo put up in 2006 hadn’t caused any problems.
But Google failed to judge how its offering would be received, as it has often done in Japan. The company is now facing inquiries from the Justice Ministry and angry accusations of prejudice because its maps detailed the locations of former low-caste communities. …
For full text of the article, visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/02/old-japanese-maps-on-goog_n_195277.html