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Web 2.0 and Crisis Response Roundtable Held at NASA Ames

On Nov 12, 2009, a “roundtable” discussion with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate was held at NASA Ames to explore how government and private industry can leverage new technologies—from social networking and web 2.0 tools to new phone/mobile platforms—in times of crisis (e.g., wildfires, hurricanes, terrorist attacks). Particular emphasis was placed on understanding what tools are needed to enable the general public to take part in crisis response.

The roundtable included representatives from FEMA, DHS, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, the Los Angeles Fire Department, the City of Houston, and NASA Ames. Terry Fong and Trey Smith of the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) presented a demonstration of the “GeoCam” geo-referenced photo system that helps disaster responders and decision makers more rapidly understand disasters. “GeoCam” is a product of the Google-NASA Disaster Response project, which is led by IRG.

BACKGROUND: The goal of the Google NASA Disaster Response project is to develop geospatial tools, systems and processes that improve disaster awareness, planning, response, and recovery. In particular, the Google NASA Disaster Response Project is creating software systems that provide the disaster response community, disaster victims and the general public with better and more rapid situational awareness following significant natural disasters.

PROGRAM FUNDING: Google-NASA Disaster Response Project

Contact: Terry Fong


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