Ushahidi in Haiti

The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti

Patrick Meier, Olga Werby

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Abstract

Ushahidi, "witness" in Swahili, is a free and open source mapping tool. It is completely public and makes use of mobile phones to collect (or crowdsource) reports of human rights abuses. In the case of 2009 Haiti earthquake, Ushahidi was used to assist the search and resque operations and help deliver aide to where it was needed most. Ushahidi and volunteers at The Fletcher School used the mapping software to create a live map of Haiti just hours after the earthquake struck. Days later, a coalition of partners set up a short-code for Haiti-a project called Mission 4636-to allow anyone in the country to text in their location and most urgent needs while thousands of volunteers rallied to translate these text messages from Kreyol to English. Volunteers at Fletcher then identified the most pressing translated messages and added those directly to the live map of Haiti, a process called "crisis mapping." This entire initiative was volunteer-based and thus organized outside all official channels. The live map was the best source of information about ground conditions in Haiti.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011
Pages247-250
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventIADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 20 Jul 201126 Jul 2011

Other

OtherIADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period20/7/1126/7/11

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Earthquakes
Mobile phones

Keywords

  • Crisis mapping
  • Crowdsource
  • Haiti earthquake
  • Humanitaria aide
  • Live map
  • Mission 4636
  • SMS
  • The Fletcher School

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems

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Meier, P., & Werby, O. (2011). Ushahidi in Haiti: The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. In Proceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011 (pp. 247-250)

Ushahidi in Haiti : The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. / Meier, Patrick; Werby, Olga.

Proceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011. 2011. p. 247-250.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Meier, P & Werby, O 2011, Ushahidi in Haiti: The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. in Proceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011. pp. 247-250, IADIS International Conference ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2011, MCCSIS 2011, Rome, Italy, 20/7/11.
Meier P, Werby O. Ushahidi in Haiti: The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. In Proceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011. 2011. p. 247-250
Meier, Patrick ; Werby, Olga. / Ushahidi in Haiti : The use of crisis mapping during the 2009 earthquake in Haiti. Proceedings of the IADIS Int. Conf. ICT, Society and Human Beings 2011, Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011, Part of the IADIS, MCCSIS 2011. 2011. pp. 247-250
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