Pakreport: Crowdsourcing for Multipurpose and Multicategory Climate­related Disaster Reporting

Author and Institution: 
Faisal Chohan, Pakreport
Vaughn Hester, CrowdFlower
Robert Munro, Stanford University
Outline: 

This case study focuses on Pakreport, an ICT initiative between crisis mapping organisations, engineers, relief agencies and crowdsourcing companies that began in July 2010 as a response to the floods.  We will review emergency  communication using ICT tools and volunteers using crowdsourcing platforms to perform verification, categorisation, translation, and mapping of the information in real time. 

This initiative demonstrates ICTs' impact on climate change in the  domains of both adaptation (disaster management) and monitoring (Heeks 2009).  This case study will extend previous research on crowdsourced workflows for crisis relief in Kenya and Haiti.