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[Guest blog post by Evelyn Hichens, an SBTF volunteer who has just completed her Geography Msci course at the University Of Birmingham, UK. For her fourth year dissertation she decided to focus on quantifying the motivations behind the volunteers of …

A Master’s Thesis on the Motivations Behind the SBTF Read More »

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Our partners (HSI) had the tough work mucking about in the cold and wet weather. Our resulting map… Thank you “This past April 27-29 over 100 HSI program participants came together in a state forest just north of Boston, Massachusetts …

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative – (HSI) Simulation Exercise – An Appreciation Read More »

The Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF) continues to break new ground in 2012. This time around we’re partnering with colleagues at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) who recognize, like we do, that equitable and sustainable economic growth is …

SBTF & USAID Partnership on Poverty Alleviation and Smarter Development Read More »

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Reposted from the Herdict Blog of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society Please, remember security is never perfect, but we can make best effort and always be informed. Resources for Online Anonymity, Encryption, and Privacy By Alex Meriwether | …

Resources for Online Anonymity, Encryption, and Privacy Read More »

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We’re continuing to learn a lot at the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF), and yes, that’s an understatement. While we only launched this initiative less than a year and a half ago, we’ve been involved in some 20 deployments since. …

On Standby Doesn’t Mean Always-On: An Update on the SBTF Read More »

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In the Fall of 2011, Al-jazeera partnered with the SBTF to produce a crisis map in response to the earthquake in Van, Turkey. Earlier this month, our colleagues at Al-jazeera got in touch with the SBTF again, this time seeking support …

Al-Jazeera’s Crisis Map of the Snowstorm Emergency in the Balkans Read More »

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[Blog post by Virginia Brussa, SBTF Regional Coordinator for South & Central America] According to SIGPAD, the second rainy season affected 1,193,956 people of which more than 33,000 were affected in January 2012 alone. UN OCHA Colombia requested support from the …

Updates from OCHA Colombia Floods Deployment Read More »

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On December 12th, 2011, Robert Colombo Llimona, a GIS Analyst
for the Vulnerability and Risk Analysis & Mapping (VRAM) 
inside the WHO Mediterranean Center for Health Risk Reduction (WMC) based in Tunisia contacted the SBTF, OSM and GISCorps to request support …

WHO Libya Deployment: Lessons Learned and SBTF Feedback Read More »

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As noted in Patrick Meier’s blog post on “Crowdsourcing, Crisis Mapping and Data Protection Standards”, humanitarian organizations have yet to develop and publicize data protection protocols for social media, crowdsourcing and volunteer geographical information. This is why, in November 2011, the …

Data Protection Standards 2.0 Read More »

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[This is a guest blog post by Lars Bromley, Analyst at UNOSAT] Dear SBTF, I wanted to convey my deep appreciation for the time that you recently spent testing and offering suggestions for the Cybermappr tool under development by the …

Testing UNOSAT’s Cybermappr tool Read More »

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