Happy New Year!
A major focus this month has been on Sudan, as the country decides on a historic referendum for independence. Read more to find out what our friends in the crisismapping community are doing to support these efforts.
Also, January 12th marks the one year anniversary of the devestating earthquake in Haiti. TIDES is working on a publication about the role of information, communication, and technology (ICT) and social networks during Haiti earthquake relief.
Finally, this month, TIDES will be at AFCEA West in San Diego followed by AFCEA JWC (May) and AIDF (June). 2011 is off to a busy start!
Haiti: One Year Later
In reference to the Haiti earthquake, an unprecedented amount of unclassified information, particularly GIS (geospatial) was exchanged between civil-military, whole of government and trans-national participants. Though many of the information sharing procedures developed in Haiti led to dramatic short-term improvements, many unfortunately have not been sustained.
In light of the contributions made by information, telecommunications and social networks during Hatian earthquake relief, and the shortfalls identified, TIDES is working on a book about this topic. The goal will be to better understand how these capabilities were used by various organizations and how to improve their efforts in the future. The anticipated release date for the publication is summer 2011.
(See Haiti Resources/Projects for more info on Haiti)