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VOLUNTEERS IN WEST-AFRICA FIGHT EBOLA EPIDEMIC OVER THE INTERNET

Online volunteers are helping humanitarian institutions to deliver aid and fight Ebola crisis. Instead of donating money, people from all over the world are providing critical information updating a crowd sourced cartography of infected countries such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Thanks to the collaborative Ebola Project, Doctors without Borders, the American Red Cross and other humanitarian groups are able to track the likely vectors of transmission of this deadly virus, buildings that can be converted into temporary clinics and fields suitable for helicopter landings. In this way it’s possible to better plan relief interventions.

Ebola project was created by the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team and it’s based on voluntary GPS surveying, satellite and aerial imagery and other open sources of geographical data; the idea is to integrate poor countries’ official maps with accurate and updated information for disaster and crisis management. By adding details, online volunteers support humanitarian organizations on the ground that can guarantee a fast-paced action.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Monday, 22 September 2014

(Source: All Africa)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.