UN Activates MicroMappers for Philippines Typhoon Ruby!

If you have some time to help with Typhoon Ruby, here is a good way to do it.


Dear MicroMappers,

Super Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) just made landfall in the Philippines. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Manila has activated MicroMappers to augment their important damage and needs assessments on the ground. Our mission is to identify tweets that refer to urgent needs, infrastructure damage and humanitarian aid. We’ve also been asked by the UN to identify pictures posted on Twitter that show disaster damage. This is exactly the same request we received in response to Typhoon Haiyan last year, which you can read more about here. Anyone who has an Internet connection and speaks some English can join this digital humanitarian effort. You don’t need prior experience or super-hero skills to be a Digital Humanitarian (also known as a Digital Jedi).

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We have created two MicroMappers « Clickers » to very easily and quickly tag tweets and pictures; we call these the « Text Clicker » and…

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