How Crowdsourcing Changed Disaster Relief by Schuyler Erle
Web 2.0 Summit 2010
How Crowdsourcing Changed Disaster Relief
Open Street Map is known as the "Wikipedia of Maps". IN the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, thousands of volunteers around the world started mapping Haiti from their homes. Soon Open Street Maps were in the hands of relief workers across the island nation and changed disaster relief forever.
Schuyler Erle is a free software developer and activist. He is responsible for NoCatAuth, an early open source wireless captive portal, and geocoder.us, an open source U.S. address geocoder. Erle wrote O'Reilly's Mapping Hacks with Jo Walsh and Rich Gibson, and Google Map Hacks, also with Rich.