Tag: Haiti

by Anne-Ryan Heatwole

A simple text message can have a big impact. Mobile giving makes it easy to donate almost instantaneously after disaster strikes — users authorize a mobile donation by texting a keyword to a specific short code, and the donation is then billed to the donor’s mobile phone bill, eventually ending up with the nonprofit of […] more »

by Dan Schultz

The March 11 earthquake in Japan triggered a flurry of concern in the Media Lab community at MIT. The natural desire to help was amplified by the fact that the disaster had hit many of our friends close to home in a very literal sense. Most messages suggested donations to support relief organizations — a […] more »

by Robert Soden

In order to respond to the current cholera epidemic in Haiti, it’s essential that citizens, aid groups and others are aware of the locations of functioning health and sanitation facilities. The challenge is that maps showing this information don’t currently exist — at least not in a comprehensive and up-to-date way. Guensmork Alcin is attempting […] more »

by Robert Soden

In our [previous posts](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/08/tilemill-custom-maps-to-help-with-data-dumps-hyper-local215.html) on [TileMill](http://mapbox.com/tools/tilemill), we’ve focused on how [open data can be used to create custom maps](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/09/open-data-custom-maps-better-afghan-election-monitoring259.html)and [tell unique stories](http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/08/helping-dc-drinkers-and-bikers-with-custom-maps230.html). One question we run into a lot is, “Where does open data come from?” One exciting source is a global mapping project called [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/) (OSM). Founded in 2004 with the goal of creating […] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Eagle-eyed followers of the DocumentCloud Twitter feed have already picked up on the fact that we began adding users to our beta last month. We made a strategic decision to peg our beta to NICAR’s March 2010 computer assisted reporting conference, where we knew we’d be able to gather a sizable group of just the […] more »

by Aaron Presnall

The most elegant, user-friendly data visualization program is useless without data to visualize; and, historically, those who possess data are reluctant to share it. Massive data has been dominated by a thin layer of elites, and sophisticated data-visualization tools — such as heat maps, motion charts, time maps, and tag maps — generally have remained […] more »

by David Sasaki

Internet technologies give governments an unprecedented ability to monitor our communication, internet activity, and even the microphones on our cell phones. The Internet, however, also empowers citizens with new tools and tactics to hold their elected officials accountable, increase transparency in government, and promote broader and more diverse civic engagement. Rising Voices, the outreach and […] more »

by Christopher Csikszentmihályi

The information activist community has been rushing to respond to the Haitian earthquake. What I find remarkable is the capacity that has been built up in the last few years; from software standards, like the pfif standard generated after Katrina, to early systems like the Ushahidi engine designed during the Kenyan election violence, to larger […] more »