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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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Moroccan Red Crescent Team Final Post

Crisis mapping is an extremely new field. It is definitely not an exact science, and we learned that we needed to be extremely flexible with our crisis response plan. While we learned many things in class, it was obvious to us that no amount of information can prepare us for how crisis mapping functions in the field. As the Moroccan Red Crescent our original program was providing water and sanitation to Rabat and the surrounding areas immediately following the earthquake. We decided to provide these services while at the same time starting an education program to inform people about clean water and sanitation practices to make our efforts sustainable. The addition of new technology will not drastically change our initial approach to the crisis, but it will change the way … Read entire article »

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FieldEx 2011 Wrap-up

At 9 am this morning, we arrived in Fletcher to begin the Field Ex Crisis simulation. With limited knowledge of the background situation in Comootros, including political unrest, ethnic tensions and NGOs on the ground, we brainstormed a structure to organize the workflow for our crisis mapping team. We divided into 3 teams to assess and map data: Administration maintained phone contact with trusted sources on the ground as well as the public information officer who interfaced with the media. Logistics gathered and categorized SMS data, while maintaining and monitoring blog and twitter posts. Operations mapped raw data on Crowdmap to share with individuals to aid in NGO and UN efforts on the ground. The process of mapping and verifying reports is an intense one, as reports … Read entire article »

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FieldEx 2011

We are now an hour and a half into the simulation.  We have divided into two main divisions: a Logistics Section, which is collecting information from the field primarily via Frontline SMS, and an Operations Section which is working to input collected data to a crowdmap.  Additionally, and Administration Section is maintaining close communications with class representatives on the field team.  We are making use of twitter and blogging to update the public and to publicize our Frontline SMS number. Follow our work at: … Read entire article »

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Madeline’s blog post

I chose to take this class mainly because the title seemed interesting and I knew absolutely nothing about the subject. I’m planning on majoring in english and environmental studies with a minor in media studies and this subject has nothing to do with my areas of interest in school. However, I am really interested in how social media could be used for good and helping people, and this class definitely seems like it could help me explore that.I haven’t really taken any courses with potential like this one has. I don’t have anything specifically that I want to get out of this class. I want to learn a new skill that’s actually useful in the real world and that could be used to help people. I don’t feel like any class … Read entire article »

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