Haiti Earthquake Support Center was set up the day after the disaster by The Extraordinaries, a group that “allows people to complete micro-tasks for organizations, causes or people they’re passionate about, using a mobile phone or web browser, in a few minutes of spare time”. When they sat down to think about what they could do to help, they came up with the idea of an app that allowed people to tag news photos and match them to the face of missing people.
Over two weeks, of 746 possible matches, (out of 8137 news photos), 24 matches were deemed close enough for the team to contact their families. The team recognize it’s just the start, but are optimistic that crowd-sourced help from people sitting at computers thousands of miles from a disaster zone might make a significant difference in future disasters.
Read more about the project and their conclusions here.
Hat tip: PSFK