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Access to data in emergencies
We’ve previously blogged about the Emergency 2.0 Wiki, which was developed by Eileen Culleton and a team of volunteers in response to the floods and cyclones experienced in eastern Australia in 2011. Emergency 2.0 is ‘a free global resource for using social media and new technologies in emergencies’. The wiki provides tips for finding information and using social media before, during and after emergencies, and lists mapping tools, smartphone apps and the social media contacts of emergency agencies, NGOs and volunteer agencies (among other things). Emergency 2.0 has also been active on Twitter (@emergency20wiki), providing links to its existing pages on the wiki and other useful information such as Google’s CrisisMap mirror page for the NSW bushfires.
The contents of the Emergency 2.0 Wiki are licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence.
Our thoughts go out to those who have faced, and continue to face, disasters this bushfire season. As we’ve highlighted in a recent presentation, environmental emergencies have had a great impact in shaping the development of data access policy and practice in Australia. The availability of resources such as Emergency 2.0 and timely sharing of accurate information will contribute to disaster management and emergency response efforts.