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The Adventures of the Catholic Relief Services Team and Google Earth

Last week we explored Ushahidi as a mapping platform for crises, in particular the earthquake in Rabat, Morocco. More recently we used Google Earth to map the cases we wished to deal with on the ground. After having experience with both platforms, we came to the conclusion that Google Earth offers better resources for our goals. For example, Google Earth provides better visualization of geographic satellite information such as the location of roads and buildings, and paths from aid stations to where it is needed. This was especially useful to us because CRS’ mandate targets the poor and the disaster stricken, who typically live in areas that aren’t mapped. For example, our crowdmap could not provide details of the shantytowns; thus, we felt that Google Earth was much more useful … Read entire article »

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Moroccan Red Crescent Team Google Earth post

Moroccan Red Crescent Madeline Luce, Miriam Ross-Hirsch, Ben Wang, Emily Parker Benefits and Challenges As we mapped relevant data on Google Earth, we learned a lot about the benefits and challenges of using this platform. We enjoyed the ability to easily create categories (folders) and then sort data points into these folders. This allowed for easy navigation of the information. Google Earth also allows for the embedding of content, which makes it easier to see what’s going on, serving as a visual accompaniment for any data or information. If one puts enough time into clearly organizing data, it can easily be shared and interpreted. On Google Earth we can additionally see the terrain and land affected. The inability to access updated road and land … Read entire article »

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UNICEF Conclusions

Originally in our project design, we assumed that our long-term goals would be implemented much later after the earthquake occurred, but foundation building would be useful if not effective soon after the crisis has occurred. In the simulation, many people were reporting that it wasn’t just food and water that they were lacking, it was money and something to occupy themselves with. If these people are internally displaced and the city has been ravaged, they don’t have anything to occupy themselves with. If we were to change our plan, we would likely dive into the foundation building in a shorter time frame than we had originally thought in order to limit the long term damage. We also have to take into consideration that our supplemental meal plan may not be as … Read entire article »

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