Separated and without a clear way to find each other, hundreds of web sites are gathering thousands of entries concerning missing people. Many want to let others know they're okay.
The problem is the data. Various sites face data in no particular form or structure. It's almost impossible for people to search or match things up.
The Katrina PeopleFinder Project NEEDS YOUR HELP to enter data about missing and found people from various online sources. We're requesting as little as an hour of your time. All you need to do is help read unstructured posts about missing or found persons, and then add the relevant data to a database through a simple online form.
Questions? Email katrina-people (at) activist-tech.org
Because there's not yet a search interface for the database, it doesn't make much sense to publicize the database to the general public, yet. Hence, this is outreach publicity to potential volunteers. After the search interface is working, then we'll publicize the database to the general public.
Sources: Rebecca MacKinnon, Research Fellow, Berkman Ctr. for Internet & Society
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