In late 2010/early 2011 the State of Queensland was affected by two significant natural disasters – the 2010/11 floods and Cyclone Yasi. You might remember that the ccAustralia office had to close as a result of the floods. During these incidences, and others such as the series of earthquakes in Christchurch and the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the use of social media and other digital platforms to disseminate professional and amateur information has been significant.

Today the Emergency 2.0 wiki was launched to provide best practice advice on how to use social media and web2.0 in all phases of emergency management. Spearheaded by Eileen Culleton, the project aims to provide a hub for collaboration and knowledge sharing across the community, locally and globally around the use of internet technologies during times of crisis.

To help achieve this aim the wiki is encouraging sharing by making all it’s information available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia licence. As their copyright information states:

The purpose of the Emergency 2.0 Wiki project site is to create a new collaborative model for sharing and advancing knowledge on using web2.0 and social media in emergency management. The whole premise of the wiki is built on sharing and collaboration, hence why this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Australia Licence.