It’s been a while that we didn’t say anything on blog. However, we keep working and getting feedbacks from our users and our partners.
What is Trusted Crowdsourcing?
Trusted crowdsourcing is the trained volunteers/responders in NGO to provide accurate information and requests for their organization. Those providers know better to describe the situation and needs.
Why we need those information from trusted crowdsourcing?
After our discussion with NGOs in Japan and Taiwan, we found that there’s a huge need for a collaboration platform for knowing each others during disaster response. Not just the NGOs, but also the local government agencies need those up-to-date information.
GeoThings do the information and resource management platform for NGO, it makes ICT to be a tool for NGO, and use it for what they dealt with before with more automation. At the mean time, the information administrator of NGO may publish (or you can take it as “retweet”) those latest updates to an open platform, a Ushahidi deployment that hosted by GeoThings. That’s how we collaborate with NGO volunteers for trusted crowdsourcing.
Technically, how to collect Trusted Crowdsourcing Information?
Those trusted information pop up in NGO’s internal platform (deployed and operated by GeoThings), delivered from mobile phone via geo-tagged SMS. Administrator of NGO may choose what to keep internally and what to share to the public for further coordination.
Achieve coordination from Trusted Crowdsourcing
Now not just NGOs can share the latest disaster response activities with its trusted crowdsourcing, but also the INGOs from outside and the government agencies can receive those trusted information for a better coordination on the open platform that GeoThings deployed. We hope this mechanism can really do something to help the coordination, since saving time means saving more lives.