This project, previously called Family Reunification Systems is focused on searching for and cataloging missing persons information and connecting it to the canonical Person Finder application. This includes outreach and coordination to other websites so that they plug their data into Person Finder, provide the Person Finder embeddable widget, or a link on their website. Outreach has been good so far, but it would be good to reach out to entities like Yéle and Wyclef Jean to promote the service as well.
- Person Finder Converter: http://www.haitianquake.com/converter/
- Person Finder Application: http://haiticrisis.appspot.com/
- Discussion group: http://groups.google.com/group/personfinder
- Blog: http://googlepersonfinder.blogspot.com/
- Managing Sources: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AsqypeORM6vSdGFQcVNFZDNpOHlFQ3R4X09QU2V2ZWc&hl=en&output=html
- Person Finder Status Updates: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tl4iJ7vQYXlloPs35qFJgdQ&output=html
- Importing and Exporting Data from Person Finder: http://haiticrisis.appspot.com/developers
- People Finder Interchange Format: http://zesty.ca/pfif/
- Person Finder Mobile
Last update: 188.8.131.52 19:18, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
I cleaned up the sources spreadsheet, so that's probably a better place to track the status:
Person Finder API
Sources that are now integrated with Person Finder:
- New York Times - Haiti Missing People - NYTimes contact: @jacqui
- CNN iReports Haiti Missing People - CNN contact: @lilacina
- Haiti Quake People Finder Facebook App - currently working on API integration. Contact: @maximilien
- Red Cross Family Links - data is being regularly scraped.
- 4636 SMS reports from the ground in Haiti
- White House
- U.S. State Department
- Google Crisis Response
- Facebook Disaster Relief - Facebook contact: Adam Conner
- Miami Herald - Contact: Alex Fuentes
- HaitiEarthQuake.tel Team
- search engine developed by the UCI team for the google data set
- A widget is at to embed the search interface above on any HTML page
Extraordinaries photo tagging - not quite sure what the current level of integration is.
Facebook Groups - We are just now beginning to coordinate with this - Phil.ashlock.us 22:36, 19 January 2010 (UTC)
Red Cross: Safe & Well - i think some coordination is beginning with this
CrisisCamp DC 01/16
- Coordinator: Jacob Colker, The Extraordinaries,
, Skype ID
- Coordinator: David Bock, CodeSherpas.com,
- Name, Organization, @Twitter, Skype ID
- Kim MacCormack, CodeSherpas, none, none
- Justin Spradlin, self,
- Nilesh, Student, @none, nileshkaadadawar
- Mark Silverberg, self,
- Alivia Tegliaferri, Ironcutter Media, none, none
- Bradford Barr, Logicnets Inc,
- Raj Ashar, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
- Traci Bautista,social media/pr,
- Paige Saez, Makerlab
, coordination, outreach, community liason
- Erin Giencke
- Tony Li, Ericsson,
- Gil Silberman, Term of Art,
, social media and PR campaign
- Franklin Ho, Google,
, hofranklin, - project manager with google person findercom
- Philip Ashlock, The Open Planning Project,
Notes from Volunteers at CrisisCamp
We began this project this morning expecting that this afternoon it would be handed off to a team on the west coast.
To that end we decided it would be best to prepare research on the existing systems out there.
The canonical reference is the one published by google and referenced by the U.S. State Department, at http://haiticrisis.appspot.com/
We have found that many newspaper articles about the quake at major newspaper wbesites have comments like "Help! I'm looking for my uncle, Mike Okara, who worked at the Texaco at the corner of...". We are capturing the URL of these comments in a google doc, expecting that this information will have to be manually reconciled into the structured peoplefinder tool.
We are also preparing comments to attach to these threads saying "please use the official peoplefinder at ... if you are looking for or have missing persons information". Adding these comments to these threads is time-consuming though, as many times we have to create an account on the system.
We are *also* preparing lettsrs to the editor for these newspapers so that future articles will contain a link to this resource.
Our Google document for the links we are capturing is available here
There's a team in New York that is able to assist with efforts. We've converted the 21,000+ records from the Red Cross database to PFIF with the intent to publish them to a canonical master repository, or alternatively to provide an independent feed. Twitter
Current Project Spreadsheet for Manually Imported Resources: Google Doc spreadsheet
Current Project Spreadsheet for Automatically Imported Resources : 
Google has released an Import Export API. Please encourage all resources to push and pull data from this. Details can be found here: http://googlepersonfinder.blogspot.com/
- 12:14pm EST (DC) - The team is working in two groups. One group is consolidating missing person data from several websites utilizing Google Apps. The second group is building the website for the data.
- 3:32pm EST (DC) - We are continuing to manually import data from the various web resources into the Google Crisis Response web application.
- 5:55pm EST (DC) - We've all made updates to the Google Doc spreadsheet to note the status of our data entry efforts.
- Overall we've entered hundreds of person records into the google crisis application. We are also in the process of gathering 4,000 unstructured records from the folks at http://koneksyon.com/. They have decided to either provide us with a CSV file which we will convert to PFIF format or they will enter the data manually themselves. An update will come as soon as we hear from them.
Project Twitter hashtag:
This ongoing project will be focused on searching for cataloging missing persons databases and information pages, providing constructive suggestions for the[ [International Committee of the Red Cross FamilyLinks]]  website, [tagging news photos], [review of the People Finder Interchange Format] and document how to connect pictures.
- Project Lead: Phil Ashlock, phil (at) ashlock.us
- Location of Lead:
- Cities Interested:
- Assigned Project Manager(s) Across all Cities:
- Interested participants:
- Another project: http://haitimissing.org, links to google
- The UCI team led by chenli AT ics.uci.edu has set up a search engine for the google data set: http://fr.ics.uci.edu/haiticrisis . A widget is at http://fr.ics.uci.edu/widgets/haiticrisis/ to embed the search interface on any HTML page