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Published on Mar 31, 2010
Hours after the Haiti earthquake happened Patrick Meier and a group of friends developed http://www.ushahidi.com/ to help people and organizations to figure out where to send resources in Haiti. They crowd-sourced information about where problem areas were using real time tools like cell phone texts, tweets, Facebook pages' messages, blogs, and news reports and mapped those. It built a system that pinpointed where rescue workers and relief organizations should send their resources to do the most good. But it also led to something else: a new kind of real-time curation system. I talk with Patrick at the Where 2.0 conference about these systems and what he's learned about crisis mapping and real time news.