Monday, September 5, 2005

Another Database? Aren't you part of the problem? NO!

The Red Cross has a missing/found persons database. We have identified another 10+ databases on the web. Web forums like craigslist are posting missing/found persons information there are probably 25 major ones of those.

We are consolodating all this information from all over the web. Hundreds of volunteers are entering craigslist and other forum entries by hand. 10,000 of them since yesterday.

We have published an open data spec, the PeopleFinder Interchange Format (PFIF), that can facilitate all the various databases syndicating information into a single database.

We are an open and community process working as quickly as possible to get information for individuals impacted by the hurricane. Please Join Us. http://socialsource.blogspot.com/

Hard core technology volunteers- hackers, Google engineers, super data heads are critical to the effort. Join the hard core techie email list by sending mail to katrinadev-subscribe@civicspace.org.

The hard core techie Wiki with the data standard is at http://192.122.183.218/wiki/index.php/PeopleFinderTech

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