kyuan | MIT Center for Civic Media

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Analyzing Crisis Mapping in Haiti

Keep in mind that the following is a brief summary of my research project. You can find the full text at the bottom of this post.

My project focuses on evaluating crisis mapping used during 2010 Haitian earthquake. It began as Maps for Mankind, a Youtube channel that would feature interesting mapping tools. My original plan was to focus my final project on civic mapping, but I realized it was way too broad of a topic. I decided to narrow my final project on something I found particularly interesting: crisis mapping. I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom discussion about it, particularly in the context of the Haitian earthquake.

Final Projects!

Last Wednesday, we all made a 30 second blurb about our what our final projects will be. I made a video that combines all of our ideas, with some relaxing Jazz music. Enjoy!

Since Youtube frustratingly removed the option to use the old embed code, I also have a link you can copy and paste.

Civic Maps During the Haitian Earthquake

As we get closer to the final project, I will narrow down the subject matter of my videos. One of my favorite episodes was the one about Google crisis maps. I really enjoyed the class discussion we had about civic maps, and writing up the case study for the Civic maps toolkit was also enjoyable. I believe that crowd sourcing to create civic maps is not only really cool, but also carries the potential to save lives during emergencies. Google is aware of the potential too in their creation of the Hurricane Sandy crisis map. Although there are still issues with our utilization of crisis maps, we can work out those kinks to create a valuable new tool in disaster response.

Google Fusion Maps

This video is about Google Fusion Tables, a great data visualization tool.


OneZoom Tree of Life

Watch the new video. All the information about this unique mapping tool is included:

As far as the overall project, it's been going pretty well so far. Collecting useful mapping tools has not been very difficult, as I would discover them by browsing the internet or checkout out Facebook posts. There is so much information to be found on the web, but the problem is that people are much more willing to be on Reddit or play flash games. For my next few videos, I will try to tie them into our classroom discussions a lot more. The past few videos were on largely random (but important) subjects, so I will begin to filter my mapping tools and try to make them pertinent to what we are learning.