What is crisismapping?
Crisismappers are online teams of people who gather and provide data online to people responding to and people caught up in disasters.
Crisismapping has been around for a while, but for most people it started with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where all the government and NGO information needed to respond to the earthquake was lost in the earthquake. We created online maps from satelllite images, put SMS and media reports onto an Ushahidi map, got documents into Sahana, added the details of people who were lost into Google's People Finder tool, built websites and software to help, and did dozens of other small data jobs that made a difference to what was available online and in the country (we even sent data updates into the country on USB sticks). Since then, we've mapped in places like Libya (refugees), Japan (tsunami), Chile (earthquake), Pakistan (floods), Somalia (refugees), Alabama (tornadoes) and been ready to help with dozens of other crises around the world.
Crisismappers are usually volunteers: many of them are highly-skilled both at data gathering, mapping and analysis, and in areas which impact this work (like open-source technologies), but if you're new to crisismapping, don't let that put you off joining in: everyone starts as a newbie sometime, and many of those skills were gained through hours of working on maps.
What's this crisismapping meetup about?
This meetup is open to anyone working on crisismapping, working with crisismappers or interested in crisismapping in general. Please come join us! We try to hold a meetup once a month - pub and date suggestions are also welcome if you just want to hang out with other mappers too.
How do I start?
It can be a little daunting finding out where to start in crisismapping. Come to the meetups, say hello and we can talk about all the local and global groups that you can join (or you can just go contact them directly: they're all nice people), including:
Where else can I get information?
If you want to know more about crisismapping, these places will help too:
Welcome to Crisismappers NYC
March 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
Time to talk again about what we're doing, what we've seen and what's happening soon. And drink beer and hot cider, and wait for the weather to warm.
February 13, 2013 · 7:00 PM
February crisismappers drinks
Time for another round-up of what we're all doing out there. Sara will be fresh back from a hackathon in Haiti, and the SBTF will be in the middle of planning its... Learn more
January 12, 2013 · 8:00 PM
after the 'cliff'; Chris is visiting again; 2013 kickoff/Sandy post-mortum/etc
We have a surfeit of visiting Chrises and a birthday, so let's go to the pub!
Mackay Wolff tells us that Chris Miller is passing through NYC this weekend, and'd like to... Learn more
October 6, 2012 · 5:00 PM
Chris is visiting, again :-)
coming through Saturday afternoon, Oct 6th, looking for spirited discussion and drinking partners
September 11, 2012 · 7:00 PM
ISCRAM's Bartel van der Walle is visiting
Bartel van der Walle is visiting New York on his way to a conference. He's generously offered to talk to us about ISCRAM and the recent ISCRAM summer school on social... Learn more