Patrick Meier: MicroMappers – Toward Next Generation Humanitarian Technology

Crowd-Sourcing, Geospatial, Innovation
Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier

MicroMappers: Towards Next Generation Humanitarian Technology

The MicroMappers platform has come a long way and still has a ways to go. Our vision for MicroMappers is simple: combine human computing (smart crowd-sourcing) with machine computing (artificial intelligence) to filter, fuse and map a variety of different data types such as text, photo, video and satellite/aerial imagery. To do this, we have created a collection of “Clickers” for MicroMappers. Clickers are simply web-based crowdsourcing apps used to make sense of “Big Data”. The “Text Cicker” is used to filter tweets & SMS’s; “Photo Clicker” to filter photos; “Video Clicker” to filter videos and yes the Satellite & Aerial Clickers to filter both satellite and aerial imagery. These are the “Data Clickers”. We also have a collection of “Geo Clickers” that digital volunteers use to geo-tag tweets, photos and videos filtered by the “Data Clickers”. Note that these “Geo Clickers” automatically display the results of the crowdsourced geo-tagging on our Micro-Maps like the one below.

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Phi Beta Iota: We are dismayed to see Washington-based organizations publishing reports that deliberately — in our view — obscure the enormous contributions of the Humanitarian Technology movement led by Dr. Patrick Meier, among others. It almost seems as if they want to take credit for things that already exist due to the hard work of others. Nothing being done by Washington area think tanks is remotely original or even useful. The real work is being done in the field. What the Washington area think tanks should be doing — as we do — is discovery, discrimination, distillation, and dissemination. Shine the light on others more worthy, do not seek to unjustly claim ownership of ideas and practices built by others.

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Patrick Meier @ Phi Beta Iota