Organization: Kathmandu Living Labs & GFDRR
- Nama Raj Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs
- Robert Soden, GFDRR
- Nama Raj Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs (chair)
- Heather Leson, QCRI & The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
- Maning Sambale, Mapbox & The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
When the Gorkha Earthquake struck in Nepal in April 2015, civil society groups from Nepal and around the world sought to provide aid to the affected and assistance to humanitarian responders working in the field. In recent years, “Digital Humanitarians,” who support disaster response by collecting, classifying, and analyzing critical information from social media and other sources have begun to play an increasingly important role during crises. Yet the extent to which formal responders in the Nepal government and international agencies and volunteer organizations like Kathmandu Living Labs, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and the Digital Humanitarian Network collaborated during the Nepal Earthquake response was unprecedented.
This session examined the role that crowdsourcing and community mapping played in providing information to disaster responders in Nepal, explored the factors that facilitated partnership between the formal and the informal digtal responders, and examined challenges experienced by the various actors. The session also explored opportunities and barriers to undertaking similar efforts in other countries.
Read a blog from the OpenDRI team about their events and launches at UR2016.
By Nama Raj Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs