Name Disaster Risk Reduction With Crowdsourced Data
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Description UNICEF, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, and Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters are developing mapping platforms that enable real-time data collection using web and mobile applications. Young people in low-income communities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have used mobile phones loaded with Geographic Information System application to take geotagged photos documenting neighborhood problems. In Rio, the adolescents also used cameras attached to kites to gather aerial images, helping to identify the presences of absence of drainage systems, the availability of sanitation facilities, and impediment to evacuation. In Rio, this already led to the removal of piled-up garbage and the repair of a bridge.
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Lead Institution UNICEF
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Partners Massacusetts Institute of Technology
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Type Platform
Potential for reuse High
Open source N/A
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Plug & Play No
Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics No
Status Pilot
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Other Government Agencies
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  • Social Development
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  • Mobile Data Collection
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  • Real Time Data
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  • Visual Analytics
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    Data Management
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    Digital Activism
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    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published