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Questioning Big Data: Crowdsourcing crisis data towards an inclusive humanitarian response

The aim of this paper is to critically explore whether crowdsourced Big Data enables an inclusive humanitarian response at times of crisis. We argue that all data, including Big Data, are socially constructed artefacts that reflect the contexts and processes

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In post-earthquake Nepal, open data accountability

This map shows landslide sites. ICIMOD a team led by NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps and monitors potential geohazards using satellite data. One of the first things I did after the earthquake on 25th April was

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How open data and social media helped Nepal rebuild after earthquake

The earthquake in Nepal in May exposed the national government’s unpreparedness to deal with the aftermath of a huge natural disaster, but it also gave rise to a movement of young Nepalese people with the skills required to help their

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Where Is All the Aid Money for Nepal Going? Open Data Could Help Lift the Veil

When NPR and ProPublica revealed in June that $500 million was missing from the Red Cross earthquake funds for Haiti, it rang alarm bells across Nepal. In April, the Himalayan country was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that claimed more

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Lessons for open data from the Fukishima nuclear disaster

IAEA fact-finding team leader visit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Photo by Greg Webb / IAEA CC by 2.0 In the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and Level 7 nuclear disaster there was almost no publicly available information

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Top 5 Ways Open Data Is Changing Lives

We’ve scoured the news for the most spectacular ways open data is transforming the world right now. Here are our top five picks — do you agree? Tell us your ideas. Giving the World’s Crisis Workers Vital Information “How many

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“Why Should We Wait?”: Mapping for the Next Disaster

Today, AidData launches the first of a six-part podcast series to take you past the maps and dashboards on our website to the human stories at the heart of our research. Today’s episode is on the data response to the

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What Is Crowdsourcing?

Search the term “what is crowdsourcing” and Google will immediately cough up the following definition: “[To] obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via

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Anniversary & Conference : March 22 – 25

Watch Live! Download the Safecast Report Executive Summary here Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream (Currently English only) The Future of Citizen Science & the First Safecast Report A Free Symposium & Hackathon in Tokyo, and ‘Super Presentation’ in Koriyama

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Saving the world with Laravel & Cron

Open data can warn people when it’s too late to save their homes from an earthquake. I made it work in Bath, here’s how to protect your town. The spec: To create an alert system that detects significant earthquakes reported

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