While the primary response efforts are underway, organizations both large and small are exploring ways to support the efforts remotely. See below, one pilot effort that aims to help UNOCHA with complementary situational awareness by processing Tweets and images. What does this mean? According to Andrej Verity (UNOCHA information management officer),
“The Clicker makes it easy for you to give a few minutes (with no training required) to support the response efforts!’
(This effort lasted for 2-3 days & transitioned on Nov 13 22:00 GMT to the United National Volunteers)
Below is an example of how people helped…
1)How did online volunteers help? They went online to image clicker and tweet clicker and spent a few seconds to minutes categorizing tweets and image from the disaster. Over 500 online volunteers working with a few orgs (GISCorps, SBTF, QCRI, Translators withouth Borders, OpenStreetMap ESRI) helped the United Nations OCHA office further investigate the added value of social media during a disaster.
3)What happened next? Right now an online interactive map with this processed information is being shared with responders who are connected to UNOCHA in the Philippines and they are using this to help further understand what areas are in need.
4) What is the outcome or impact? To be transparent, outcomes as it relates to first responders and long term impact are unknown. But what is known is that organizations with a role & history in the region are trying to better understand how best to tap into social media.
This is one small way people have contributed their time and good will to potentially be part of a larger change in disaster response.