On Saturday, 25 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and India with several aftershocks following on Saturday and Sunday. GDACS estimates that 6.5 million people are affected.
In 2007, the crowdsource mapping community OpenStreetMap launched a project called "OpenAerialMap" (OAM). Due to several challenges, such as scaling the hosting and licensing, the project was shot down after a year. Now, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) launched a new attempt of the project.
Ushahidi is a global non-profit technology company with origins in Kenya. Ushahidi’s mission is the change the way information flows in the world and empower people to make an impact with open source technologies, cross-sector partnerships, and ground-breaking ventures.
The article in Imaging Notes (Volume 27, No 3, Summer 2012) explains how UN-SPIDER and Secure World Foundation have been conducting a variety of activities during the past two years to identify specific actions that could ensure closer cooperation among the crowdsource mapping, disaster/disaster-risk management and space technology communities.
The UK will set up a new fund to back mobile, text and other innovative technologies which can be used to help those hit by humanitarian crises - such as earthquakes, floods or drought.
The new initiative was announced on 21 February 2013 by International Development Secretary Justine Greening. It has been created with the US Government and will be used to scale up existing projects and processes that use technology or innovation to support humanitarian responses across the world.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) activated the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) on December 5th to collect all relevant tweets about Typhoon Pablo posted on December 4th and 5th; identify pictures and videos of damage/flooding shared in thos