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Open-source code could help us survive natural disasters. Taking lessons from the world of open-source software and applying them to global disaster relief could help solutions scale to other communities around the world.

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  • It’s the combination of open source code + open data that can be crucial to helping disaster relief and recovery. Open data, often crowdsourced and hacked together, has dramatically assisted disaster recovery as far back as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In the 2015 Nepal earthquake volunteers around

    It’s the combination of open source code + open data that can be crucial to helping disaster relief and recovery. Open data, often crowdsourced and hacked together, has dramatically assisted disaster recovery as far back as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In the 2015 Nepal earthquake volunteers around the world analysed open satellite imagery to generate maps that were then used by relief agencies to direct emergency assistance and aid. Increasingly, social media posts from people on the ground are also being analysed to create yet more rich data to focus today’s disaster relief efforts. I’ll also be keeping an eye out for how some of the exciting developments in data sharing - such as data trusts and collaboratives - might improve sharing of private data sets, particularly for prevention and early warning.

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