Our NYPL Labs crowdsourcing projects What’s on The Menu and The Stereogranimator have been knocked offline because of Hurricane Sandy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t channel your working internet connection for good.
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps Team (HOT) have built a tool, in conjunction with the US Civil Air Patrol and FEMA to help coordinate FEMA’s post-disaster response by asking you to help classify building damage in disaster-affected areas. You’re asked to rate photos, taken over the past few days, by the Civil Air Patrol, of disaster-affected areas, and note whether the building damage is light, moderate, or heavy, and from your answers, combined with the judgement of many others, helps inform FEMA as to where their teams are most needed. Think of it as Hot or Not with a humanitarian bent.
If you’re missing the NYPL Labs projects or just want to help out, please spend a few minutes of your time (or more) and help make a difference informing disaster responders.