Crowdsourcing code of conduct

October 27, 2014

Patrick Meier recently posted a proposed Code of Conduct for digital crowdsourcing. Essentially it states that organizations initiating crowdsourcing projects must treat their volunteers legally, ethically, and transparently. It also goes beyond that, to state that organizations must give clear guidelines “so that volunteers are able to contribute meaningfully,” and take reasonable measures to ensure […]


The importance of social capital in crises

October 5, 2014

In our Crisis Informatics class, we’ve discussed ways to use information and communication technology (ICT) and social media for crisis information management, and we’ve discussed more traditional methods. But in real world situations we’re reading about, there is not such a clear dichotomy between these methods of handling crisis information. It’s usually more of a […]


Information to fight the Ebola epidemic

September 14, 2014

Reflective Blog Post #1 for Crisis Informatics Developing countries have enormous challenges in health care, with lack of trained health care workers, up to date equipment, and medicine and other supplies. Epidemics like the current Ebola crisis are particularly difficult and, as seen in Liberia, can threaten to overwhelm an already fragile system. The Ebola […]