Friday, March 11, 2011

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Blog

In light of this mornings tragedy in Japan, I would like to skip this evenings utility.  There have been plenty of posts where I have talked about multiple utilities, so I feel justified and still on target to share 365 utilities with you by the end of the year.
Instead, I would like to introduce you to the concept of Crowdsourcing.  If you are not familiar with the term, this is when people who do not know each other add data collaboratively to a project.  Typically, it is a database of information.
Google has recently released a people finder application.  This first came to light during the Christchurch tragedy last month and has again been implemented by Google for the Japan earthquake.  If you are looking for or have information about individuals affected by the tragedy you can find and share information via the Google Crisis Response Page.  This page is somewhat of a global wiki where people can share information and add it to a growing database. There are a number of links on this page that can help people trying to get in touch with there loved ones.
I will return to the regular format of this blog tomorrow night and talk a bit more about crowdsourcing. Until then, my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the worst quake in Japan's recorded history.
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