Crisis Response Solution MicroMappers Launches Prematurely - to Aid in Pakistan Earthquake
Patrick Meier, formerly of Ushahidi and now director of social innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute, planned to launch the MicroMappers platform next month. But the U.N. asked that ie be deployed earliy in response to the recent earthquake in Pakistan.
MicroMappers is a set of microtasking apps designed to make sense of social media data emergency situations. The big innovation: anyone, anywhere can help by doing a bit - and hopefully not getting burned out.
MicroMappers apps – called Clickers – are designed to help volunteers do things like:
• Tag tweets with situation-specific terms, such as "caution" or "offers of help."
• Tag pictures to categorise the amount or type of damage.
• Geo-tagging tweets and images that are not already automatically geo-tagged with location information.