Author and Institution:
Faisal Chohan, Pakreport
Vaughn Hester, CrowdFlower
Robert Munro, Stanford University
This case study focusses 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 in Pakistan. We will review emergency communication using ICT tools and volunteers, employing 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). The case study extends previous research on crowdsourced workflows for crisis relief in Kenya and Haiti.