Projects Master List

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This page contains links to every CrisisCommons project, from project proposals through to projects that we've completed. It's a master list that should only be added to - nothing should ever be removed from this.

If you know about a project that isn't on this list, please add it.


Project Description Project lead
Automating Aid Request via a Voice Phone Call * A person in need calls a Google Voice phone number and leaves a message.
  • Google Voice transcribes the voice message and automatically forwards it to the phone number owners email account.
  • Through IMAP or POP the message is forward to an application created to process these request.
  • By searching for simple keywords, such as “WATER” “FOOD” “MEDICAL” etc the message can be forwarded to the proper responders.
Building A Refugee Camp Cell Phone Early Warning System A critical cell phone-based early warning system that will help predict and prevent violence and disease outbreaks that frequently become the "next wave" of disaster. The network will first serve immediate early-warning needs within and between Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps. It will later develop into a communication network that will continue beyond the emergency phase of the earthquake to facilitate the critical citizen-driven rebuilding process. Rachel Leventhal,, @rpleven
CDAC website review CDAC are coordinating NGO comms and information across Haiti. Like us, they set up unexpectedly quickly when Haiti happened, and are now finding that the Ning site they created doesn't fit what their users need. This project migrates the site from Ning to Drupal, and reorganises it so that users can find what they need when they need it. Sara Farmer, @bodaceacat
CDAC Radio Website CDAC run a daily 15-minute information broadcast in Haiti. It's very popular, but is only available, via moped delivery, in Port au Prince. This project helps CDAC build a website and distribution method to make the broadcasts available more of the time and over a wider geographical area. Sara Farmer, @bodaceacat
ChannelCode XML Convert a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet into a set of RSS channel descriptions via an XML file. Sara Farmer, @bodaceacat
Community Tool Box The Community Tool Box,, offers more than 7,000 pages of freely available how-to information for community health and development work. We would like to see how we might be able to partner to make these tools available in Hatian Creole for the development work ahead. Jennifer Wade @volcanojw
and the same [at]
Creating Adhoc APIs for OCHA data via YQL for future projects Using YQL to make UNOCHA's Emergency Relief database, 3w (Who is working, Where people are working, What sector/cluster organizations are working in), easier to access so it can be used alongside other datasets by people on the ground. Megan Finn (Silicon Valley)
CrisisCommons Roledex A collaboration tool to provide non-profit organizations with available volunteer technical assistance. This system should also be able to create Tech Action Teams which would be able to solve technical challenges. TBD
CrisisFilter/Ushahidi Aggregation Filtering, focusing on Twitter and going to Ushahidi. Goals are feeds, and to have a low band width version of a summary of reports for Crisismapping sites. Chris Blow, Anselm Hook
CrisisWiki CrisisWiki is a editable directory of resources related to disaster response and emergency preparedness. Initially focusing on Haiti-related information, the wiki is being designed so that it can easily expand to address future disasters, as well as collect important local, state, national and international emergency preparedness resources before a disaster strikes. Andy Carvin (@acarvin). Technical lead: Jeff Mace (@jeffmace)
Crisis Wiki Regional Twitter List As part of the Crisis Wiki, we've created a Twitter account (@crisiswiki

) that has a series of Twitter lists with people/groups that can help to spread the word about fundraisers, crisis camps, and other other crisis response efforts.

Jared Goralnick, AwayFind, @technotheory
Disaster Accountability Hotline form of WAV files and/or Google Voice. A ticketing system would allow volunteers to efficiently triage |calls w/info about gaps in critical relief services. Ben Smilowitz, Ben (at) disasteraccountability dot org, @BENatDAP


Disaster Accountability Project's Relief Oversight Initiative This new project for the Disaster Accountability Project seeks assistance to build an easy-to-search, public reporting database to monitor activities of relief organizations soliciting donations for relief efforts and inform the public on the effectiveness of aid efforts on the ground. Ben Smilowitz, Ben (at) disasteraccountability dot org, @BENatDAP

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Facebook for ARC Safe and Well site Allows users to notify people—including non-Facebook users—that they are safe via a “push” from the Facebook application to loved ones via email or SMS text. TBD
Field Voices Plan Canada has been contacted and they showed some interest in a web app (iPhone app) that will enable donors to view the progress of construction projects in Haiti. Emad Attia fastpace2000 [at]
File and Content Delivery for Limited Internet Connectivity We have developed a small utility whereby a user can click a simple 'update.bat' file which will then download an information packet for someone who is traveling to Haiti to bring with them. If content is updated, the user must simply click the 'update.bat' file again to recieve only the new content, and not all content again. This allows for one central repository of potentially important travel and health information, and the ability to update it only as needed. Sloan Berrent @sloane, Barrett Conrad @barrettconrad
Haiti Amps Network A computerized registry: registration via mobile phone, amputee profiles self-reported in SMS format, creation of a data base in RapidSMS designed to facilitate better planning and execution of collaborative service provision by NGOs. The capacity to incorporate more detailed profile information of a clinical nature is also envisioned (info as entered by an aid worker for example), referral features for amputees as well. If exploited as intended by its stakeholders, the Haiti Amps Network should increase the likelihood for optimal recoveries amongst new amputees in the earthquake survivor community. Kimberly Roluf,, skype: kimberly.mtl
Haiti Hospital Capacity Finder Members of the Haitian community have requested an application or tool where there is real time data regarding capacities of local hospitals. There are many hospitals outside of PaP who are under capacity and could be used. IRC: #hospitalcapacity on John Crowley, Noel Dickover @NoelDickover
Haiti RSS Feed Challenge At the request of the United Nations Development Program, CrisisCommons has been asked to provide an exhaustive list of RSS feeds (English and in French to aid in their ability to have greater situational awareness, news and information. CrisisCamp LA has begun a Google Spreadsheet, click here. IRC: #rssfeed on Chris Penn irc:cantor twitter:@cantormath +1(225)590-5847
Haiti Schools Situational Awareness Tool This project aims to collect data on educational facilities in Haiti. Information has been inputted in an excel sheet, including names of schools, school category, number of students, geo-location and the status of the school (see google doc under "education tab").

Eventually the team will work with the crisis mapping team to verify the schools.

Marc Forni:
Haitian Skiilled Workforce Retention Tool to keep skilled Haitians in Haiti (or attract them to return for the reconstruction): A vast majority of the skilled workforce resided in PaP. The community fears that they will now leave. There are many institutions that have now collapsed the skilled workforce will now decide to leave. There is an effort underway, skill sets that are available to identify people who are willing to go back for the rebuilding effort. There would be fields that are specific to the Haitian community. They would like to see an application to promote the ability to engage skilled workforce. TBD
HaitianStories HaitianStories is a website to collect Haitian Stories in their own words. Share the story of the Haitian people and the current crisis through text, voice, or video and publish to the Haitian Stories website. Purpose is to provide long term support for reconstruction purposes by telling the story even after the media hype has died down and to archive the human stories and the culture. Uploaded content will need translation to be really valuable to the public. Cell phone users would be able to call in to leave a message. @natea
or natea (at) jazkarta (dot) com
HaitiVoiceNeeds Solved the last mile bottleneck of Needs Gathering in Haiti. It gathers needs from the Haitian people directly in a rapid, accessible, low-tech fashion, and then routes those needs into other electronic systems like Ushahidi, We Have We Need, etc where responses can be intelligently coordinated. Keith Steward, Alex Hornstein, Beth
Haitian Voices aka Haiti Survivor Stories The Haitian community has requested that CrisisCommons create a capacity for survivors to tell their story of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. They would like to post information for survivor stories, saying thank you to the world. A construct where there would be a "wall" feature where people can go and post survivor stories. They would want to filter so that the open space is not abused. There has been an outpouring of all the communities in the world. They have been hearing so many stories. The community believes its important to capture these stories now as it is" a defining moment in our history." This would be called "Haitian voices." Chris Selmer (tech lead) @cselmer, chris (at)
HAM Radio to Digital HAM Radios can get information in and out when most other communication infrastructure is down. This project will develop technology to allow HAM radio generated information to be directly posted to Twitter, Facebook, or as an RSS feed to output information in a flexible data format (e.g., 'Tweak the Tweet' model) to provide digital machine-parsable information for direct input into information dissemination tools, such as Ushahidi and Sahana maps, Facebook posts and other tools under development. Jeannie Stamberger (tech lead) @cmusv_dmi, jeannie.stamberger (at)
Humanitarian Relief for Disabilities The purpose of this project is to make a humanitarian relief for disabilities site, created on Ning, accessible wcag 2.0. In my haste of organizing an international response for the disability and other at risk groups in Haiti, I created a ning site, which quickly grew with some of the top disability policy makers and advocates in the US. It is still growing steadily and I am at a crossroads here. One suggestion was to possibly create a social network community using the plone CMS and migrate existing members over. Another option is to try to fix the existing ning site, which is located here., @kara_h
Karl and Carel's Project - Haiti Connections Rebuild This is a system guided in its development by the people in Haiti to meet their needs reconstruction over the next years. It is about strategy development with application in Web 2.0 at the same time. Karl and Carel, Michael Kutch
IncidentVisualization A disaster response tool which aggregates incidents from multiple feeds and exports and/or displays them in multiple formats. Tom Wilson twilson650 at
Information for Radio Broadcast Created and maintained an easy to access, one-way communications oriented list of current activity, reach out to all local and international radio broadcasting in Haiti. @sandraxi
(Sandra Davila) + @jelly_project
(Kunal Gupta)
Interactive Crisis Modeler Leveraging the power of the Photosynth project and the thousands of images pouring in from Haiti (or any other crisis) the goal of the project is to create an interactive model that a common person can then use to 'walk through' an actual relief workers camp, the wreckage, etc... As images come in from sources such as the relief workers themselves, or Flickr, and any repository a server scrapes these images and continually creates an updated Photosynth model of the area. Adam Mooz,,, Ottawa Ontario, 613 986 2326, adammooz
Languages & Special Needs Exploring how technology can assist in language translation, transcription as well as provide persons with special needs abilities to better communicate and engage with relief assistance. Greg Elin, @gregelin
Latitude and Longitude for Sahana Creative research to find the coordinates - Latitude and Longitude in degree decimals - for about 100 hospitals in Haiti, for input into Sahana. Mark Prutsalis
Lazy Twitter Search This project aims to create an evolving list of terms to include and exclude in Twitter searches. TBD
Local Tweet This new project is developing a list of Twitter accounts, from both organizations and individuals, who are self reporting local information from on the ground in Haiti. This project aims to create a master account through which all of these accounts are followed. Sean McDonald, smcdonald (at) metrostarsystems dot com, @McDapper
Long-Distance WiFi for Haiti Got Quagga routing working on the Ubiquiti AirOS firmware Wayan Vota Skype/Yahoo IM: wayan_vota
Mobile Application for Ground Truthing and Surveying A cross-platform mobile application that will have the following features:

locally cached map, base survey questions, photo capture that is automatically linked to correct survey entry, automatic geo-referencing or survey information and photos, a web interface to customize the survey, the ability to click location/polygon on map in order to create survey point at that location, the ability to load a tabular file (i.e. excel) with list of locations to be surveyed and display those locations on the map.

Mobile Development This project would create mobile phone applications which can assist in locating news, resources, language translation and visual communications tools. Chris Selmer, Intridea - @cselmer
NeedsCategorization NeedsCategorization is a Twitter app that searches Twitter for specific medical needs and categorizes them neatly into a web-site. The categories will help map the needs to available resources better. For example people looking for Penicillin can find it under antibiotics. Christie English
Oil Spill Response Crowdsourced response to Gulf Oil Spill. Simple mobile app that NGOs could utilize to be able to encourage communities to report information that they are seeing on the ground. Would be able to capture geotagged, time-stamped pictures and vidoes, along with a text field. Back-end system will aggregate data, provide visualization and data feeds. Noel Dickover, Andrew Turner, Heather Blanchard
Open Tweet Find Coordinated effort to review 20,000 - 50,000 tweets from Tweak the Tweet. The lead for this project will be Chris Blow (Portland, Oregon). Cities confirmed to participate Portland, Boston, Silicon Valley. TBD
PAP Outskirts Food Relief There are similar reports of many more large groups of people on the outskirts of PAP and surroundings, who have still received no food relief. This is now the focus of this project, and will remain a major focus for the next days and weeks while we work urgently to identify these groups, verify that they still critically need food, and set up specific cases with procedures for following each case through to completion, using the CaseTracker feature. Michael Caudy <mcaudy at
Person Finder, previously Family Reunification Systems 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]] [1] website, [tagging news photos][2], [review of the People Finder Interchange Format][3] and document how to connect pictures. Phil Ashlock, phil (at)
Pakistan Situational Report List Project creating a list of links and pdf's of Situational Reports from CRO's on the current Pakistan Floods crisis. Melanie Gorka <melanie.gorka (at)>
Person Finder Mobile Project Supporting the data collection efforts of Person Finder with a custom data collection tool for Android phones based on Open Data Kit. Stuart Moffatt stuartmoffatt (at)
PostDisasterChildProtection iPhones are distributed to all disaster workers pre-loaded with an App to input demographic data, on any children encountered. Name, age, current location, any known relatives names and last known locations, photo, and fingerprint scan using FAFA (F.B.I's Field Agent Fingerprint App). Data is sent to central location. Password access site containing all collected and sorted data limited to appropriate agencies. TBD
Regional Twitter lists for Gathering Support in Crises As part of the Crisis Wiki, we've created a Twitter account (@crisiswiki

) that has a series of Twitter lists with people/groups that can help to spread the word about fundraisers, crisis camps, and other other crisis response efforts.

Jared Goralnick, AwayFind, @technotheory
Relief Web Review UN OCHA asked CrisisCamp to review their ReliefWeb website and its plans to improve ReliefWeb during 2010. CrisisCamp is doing this, and providing rapid prototypes of some of these improvements; current effort is focussed on lightweight API and mobile prototypes. Martin Burchell, Sara Farmer @bodaceacat, bodaceacat (at)
Retweeter No information TBD
SahanaPy including Sahana Data Visualisation Sahana Eden is the Python port of Sahana, a free, open-source, web-based suite of tools for disaster information management. Fran Boon (IRC: flavour)
Santa Barbara County OpenStreetMap Led by UCSB Spatial we are taking the lessons learned in Haiti to get ahead of the curve and trace buildings in Santa Barbara County. Additionally, we are working to build an OSM server configuration to refresh OSM in Santa Barbara as quickly as possible. Alan Glennon @glennon
Situational Awareness and Damage Assessment Information System The aim is to develop a simple user interface for the Government of Haiti (GoH) to have a rapid and comprehensive understanding of the damages and losses caused by the earthquake. The group split into 5 groups: Taxonomy, Scraping the data, Back end Data Storing, User Interface and Manual Inputs. Mark. 617 803 4791.
SMS Process Queue Project Caroline. 781-608-4149.
Sync the Sheet Created mechanism for Sahana to synch changes in a Google Doc spreadsheet with Sahana's MySQL database. When changes are made to the spreadsheet, the database gets updated, and vice versa. Mark Prutsalis
Technology Volunteer Database (TechAid) This new project ("Techaid") is focused on building a tool that records, categorizes, stores, and reports technical project needs for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and facilitates pairing NGO projects with technical resources. Son Tran @sont
Telecommunications Technical Project How to get most all the Communications (electronic, radio, internet, cell -- not press) on the same page(s) or at least in near proximity. The freedom to use or abuse the wiki is great. Not wanting to seek more CONTROL, but wanting to get these helping resources where we can best meet the needs .. Everett Batey efbatey at
The Open Solace Haiti Project This new project aims to set up independent channels of communications between Haitians currently living in Haiti and Haitians in the Diaspora, first, through the Haitian Video Postcard Exchange. Jonah Bossewitch, jonah at alchemicalmusings dot org, twitter: @mrenoch, Adriane Stewart
Translating OpenStreetMap documentation There is scattered documentation of some of the OpenStreetMap software, for editing OpenStreetMap, as well as all the back-end software (OpenLayers, PostGIS, Mapnik, ...). The documentation is being organized and compiled in a wiki (in English), and it needs to be translated into French and/or Creole. The OpenStreetMap editor and website (the map, history, GPS tracks pages ...) also need to be translated into Creole. Katie Filbert, filbertk [at] or filbertkm on IRC
Translation Applications The Translation Applications project area and team is focusing on creating translation applications to be used in the field and by folks helping with the crisis. We have work going on in three main areas.
  • Translation Clients and Engines, including: Tradui iPhone/Android Translation App (Chris Selmer lead), Working on other phone platforms
  • Translation Repositories and Conversion Tools
  • Translation Authoring, Ingestion, and Engines: Machine Translation System (Chris Taylor lead)
David Rees, Chris Selmer
Tweak the Tweet This ongoing project by the University of Colorado at Boulder's Empowering the Public with Crisis Information program seeks to build a collaboration network to promote Tweet-friendly hashtag-based syntax to help direct Twitter communications for more efficient data extraction for those communicating about the Haiti earthquake disaster. Use only requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine parsable. Kate Starbird, University of Colorado at Boulder, catharine.starbird(at), Twitter: @epiccolorado

, Skype ID katestarbird30 Web Site: [4] [5]

Twitter/Maps Mashup for ARC provide workers (on the ground) in domestic and international disaster relief operations the ability to rapidly gather and report relief-specific data and provide that information to decision makers elsewhere. We aim to capture information regarding commodity prices, markets, and disaster situations and display this geocoded data in map-based visualizations, allowing decision makers real time access to on-the-ground data. TBD
UN Spider Map/Dispatch This project aims to capture crisis RSS and media streams into unique chunks as Drupal CCK nodes, augment UN and humanitarian business processes with Drupal workflow that can use these chunks and generate streams of their own, and plug in appropriate Internet volunteers at appropriate Drupal roles to get work DONE Chris Nicholas,
World Academic Teaching Hospitals (WATCH) Disaster Relief David White has developed the World Academic Teaching Hospitals (WATCH) Disaster Relief website in partnership with Catherine M. Mullaly & Luke Harmer of the Harvard School of Public Health, to coordinate the efforts of medical school relief teams in Haiti, as well as university hospitals that may accomodate patients airlifted from the nation. David White, dwrudy (at); Twitter: @davidmwhite
( - david, freenode - dwrudy)
We Have, We Need Exchange a "Craigslist" type of self-identified needs and requests by non-profits assisting in Haiti relief operations. Launched! Clay Johnson @cjoh
World Bank Disaster Assessment Mobile App At the request of the the World Bank, CrisisCommons has been asked to create capability to transform its paper based disaster assessment form into a mobile application complete with iReporting features such as news from headquarters, photos, video, local chat, ect. This application will be deployed into the field in mid-February to be tested as a demonstration project as a proof of concept to modernize the ability of assessment teams to collect additional data as well as the ability to empower local organizations to leverage these tools to speed disaster assessments and provide more information for disaster recovery reconstruction and planning efforts. Emma Phillips, World Bank, ephillips (at)

Evergreen Projects

Why aren't these in the projects list? Because they're ongoing activities that don't have a defined end-point project goal, and therefore need to be project managed differently.

Project Description Project lead
CrisisCommons Website Refresh Incremental improvements to the CrisisCommons main website and subdomains. Chad Catacchio, chadcatacchio at @chadcat

Jasmin Phua, jas.a.phua at @jasphua
Melanie Gorka, melanie.gorka at @melgorka

CrisisCommons Project Icons Produce graphical representations for CrisisCommons Projects. Sean Yamana
CrisisCommons Haiti Communications Build a communications strategy to keep people engaged in the Haiti response and rebuilding. Yoav
Languages and Translation This project is dedicated to exploring how technology can assist in language translation, transcription as well as provide persons with special needs abilities to better communicate and engage with relief assistance. Last week, CrisisCommons create a series of mobile applications such as (add here). This week during CrisisCamp we can again explore additional projects which can aid in better translation. This project lends itself to be applicable to assist other projects. Jennifer Wade: @@volcanojw
and the same [at] 
Legal Issues with CrisisCommons and CrisisCamp Haiti This ongoing project will be to identify and address legal issues with CrisisCommons and CrisisCamp Haiti (i.e. preventing IP infringement and ensuring proper use of commons work product). Stephen Wu, Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP and American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law,, @StephenSWu
One Laptop Per Child - Waveplace This project focuses on long term efforts to help rebuild Haiti with an emphasis on Education. CrisisCamp is providing translation services. Two separate non profit organizations are driving this effort: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and Waveplace Foundation. The ultimate Goal is to feeding the minds of the future leaders of Haiti. Carmina Blaise - carminablaise (at) gmail (dot) com
OpenStreetMap - Haiti Basemap This ongoing project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data points to create a base map for non-profits in need of current geospatial information. On January 21, Google gave OSM permission to use new high resolution imagery from Jan 17. From this imagery, we can map more camps and do data cleanup of existing map data. Kate Chapman @wonderchook

, Katie Filbert @filbertkm

OpenStreetMap - Improving OSM tools OpenStreetMap editing tools including JOSM can use some improvements, including adding default presets for OSM Humanitarian Tags, and improved support for Web Map Services. Kate Chapman @wonderchook

, Katie Filbert @filbertkm , Andrew Turner @ajturner

Sahana - Mapping NGOs in Action - On Wave This ongoing project aims to continue to update Sahana NGO list of organizations deployed on the ground in Haiti. This list can be updated both at a CrisisCamp or virtually. Click here to provide data: Noel Dickover,, @NoelDickover
Simple Tasks Anyone Can Do A collection of simple tasks volunteers can sign on to do. Chris Blow
System Administration System Administration for the CrisisCommons services including Wiki, www, and others to come. Andrew Turner
Telecommunications Consulting RNK/W2W Communications will provide telecommunications consulting for the CrisisCamp project teams. We have the ability to provide International Calling via Pins and ATA's as well as conference bridge access numbers in other countries. If you think of something that involves help with a phone call anywhere in the world please contact us.
  • Technical Resource provided: telecommunications consultants; telecommuting resources; International Calling; International Numbers; Domestic US calling
Jim Palmisano, @jpalmisano or jpalmisano at rnkcom dot com
The Haiti Timeline This ongoing project provides data to needed to fully understand the progression of events, news, data, photos and video from the time of the earthquake through the recovery process. Ideally, this would be a wiki based approach to document series of events, types of data available and when actions occurred. TBD
Usability Working Group and UX Design Resource Repository This new project is an opportunity for User Experience, Instructional Design and Usability practitioners to engage with Crisis Commons to enhance and clarify documentation and user interfaces that emerge from these efforts. It will produce a useful repository of UX resources that can be used across projects. People on other projects that have usability questions or needs can look here for UX guidance and design tools. The more usable the output of CC is, the more effective, powerful and widely adopted it will be. Hunter Whitney, hunter (at) hunterwhitney dot com, @hunterwhitney