Using Knowledge Management and ICTs to Assist Relief Efforts From Haiti to Pakistan
The UN Digital Media Lounge kicked off on Tuesday in New York City to foster a discussion around the state of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the new tools available to achieve them.
Sessions on Tuesday included an interesting talk on disaster relief and the collaborative technologies that are being used to connect what the panelists described as the “cloud, the crowd, and the community.” Speakers such as Oliver Lacey-Hall of UN OCHA, Patrick Meier of Ushahidi, Nigel Snoad of Microsoft and the ICT4Peace Foundation, and others discussed how in humanitarian crises, coordination and information sharing among relief agencies is essential. They discussed how collaborative technologies are enabling survivors, concerned citizens, and aid workers in disaster zones such as Haiti and Pakistan to become important sources of information.
Although the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project is not necessarily in the disaster relief business – we are a knowledge management (KM) project through-and-through – the devastation of the Haiti earthquake and the floods in Pakistan prompted the team to figure out how our KM products could assist relief workers on the ground.