Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Chats: Hurricane Katrina and Schools, 3 pm Sept. 7 and last night with Find People Database

At 3 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, Sept. 7, a web chat on the effects of Hurricane Katrina on schools and students is slated at
EDUCATION WEEK Assistant Managing Editor Robert Johnston and a crisis-response expert from the National Association of School Psychologists will take your questions on how schools can help students displaced by the storm, how teachers and other education employees have been affected, and how states and districts in the region are responding to the crisis.

Last night I was part of a group phone call among open-source advocates working hard to build a database to help locate people. This search utility should be going live today. Nearly 100,000 records from many sources were flushed into database containers. The site will spider other data sets. An XML stream and standards have been established. More to come.

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