Technology driven

Global Earthquake Model

URL http://www.globalquakemodel.org/
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People Rui Pinho, Secretary General
Summary The GEM Foundation is a public-private partnership that drives a collaborative effort aimed at developing and deploying tools and resources for earthquake risk assessment worldwide. Hundreds of organisations and individual experts, professionals and practitioners are working together on uniform global databases, methodologies, tools and open-source software.

Google Crisis Response

URL http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/
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People Craig Nevill-Manning, Engineering Director, Google Crisis Response Team
Nigel Snoad, Product Manager, Google Crisis Response Team
Summary Google Crisis Response project provides tools for first responders to streamline internal operations and get information to the public as quickly, broadly, and effectively as possible. The tools include Google Person Finder and Google Crisis Map.

SAHANA Software Foundation

URL http://sahanafoundation.org/
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People Mark Prutsalis, Director, President & CEO
Prof. Louiqa Raschid (UMD), Director, Treasurer
Summary Open source software platform for disaster management practitioners. It allows tracking the needs of the affected populations and coordinating the responding agencies and their resources.

TerraFly

URL http://www.terrafly.com
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People Prof. Naphtali Rishe (FIU)
Summary TerraFly is a technology and tools for visualization and querying of geospatial data. The visualization component of the system provides users with the experience of virtual “flight” over maps comprised of aerial and satellite imagery overlaid with geo-referenced data. The data drilling and querying component of the system allows the users to easily explore geospatial data, to create geospatial queries, and get instant answers supported by high-performance multidimensional search mechanisms. TerraFly’s Application Programming Interface allows rapid deployment of interactive Web applications and has been used to produce systems for disaster mitigation, ecology, real estate, tourism, and municipalities.

USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch

URL http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/ted/
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People Paul Earle, Director of 24/7 operations, USGS
Michelle Guy, Computer Scientist, USGS
Summary @USGSted (USGS Tweet Earthquake Dispatch) distributes alerts for earthquakes worldwide with magnitudes of 5.5 and above. @USGSted earthquake tweets contain a magnitude descriptor, location, origin time, and a link to the USGS webpage with the most recent information about the event. In addition to the seismically derived parameters, the alerts also include the frequency of tweets in a region surrounding the event that contain the word “earthquake” or its equivalent in several languages.

Ushahidi

URL http://ushahidi.com/
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People David Kobia, Co-Founder, Director of Technology Development
Juliana Rotich, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Summary The Ushahidi platform is a collaborative project created by volunteers and managed by a core team on the premise that gathering crisis information from the general public provides new insights into events happening in near real-time. It is also expected to help organizations marshal efforts to assist areas that are not well covered in the mainstream media.