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Subject: Re: Katrina-related...re: Improving metadata for disaster-relief and uniting families and loved ones.
From: Edward Vielmetti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 9 Sep 2005 17:38:33 -0400
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Caroline, Anita, SOCNET -

I forwarded this post off to Jon Lebkowsky who
suggested I push it toward the people who are
inventing PFIF, the People Finder Information
Format, a common data structure that is being
used for interchange between the various
people finding efforts.  That group has a
mailing list at [log in to unmask] .
There's a lot of techie implementation details
flying past on the list but some social networks
perspective on search would be invaluable -
e.g. I know there's literature on how people
search for each other through incomplete
networks of information that could inform this effort.

thanks

Ed

On 9/9/05, Caroline Haythornthwaite <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>
> The following is a call for help in getting an issue through
> to the Red Cross, but it is a network issue. As you'll see
> below, the issue it connecting kids to parents by name, but
> names are only nicknames.
>
> Any suggestions on how to deal with this, Friendster, etc.
> included are probably best sent directly to
> [log in to unmask]
>
> /Caroline
>
>
> >---- Original message ----
> >>Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 21:39:00 -0500
> >>From: <[log in to unmask]>
> >>Subject: Re: Katrina-related...re: Improving metadata for
> >disaster-relief and uniting families and loved ones.
> >>To: [log in to unmask]
> >>Cc: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
> >[log in to unmask]
> >>
> >>Anita--
> >>I am copying others here who might have some ideas on
> >>channels that could be used to pursue this important
> >>problem.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
> >>
> >>Linda
> >>
> >>---- Original message ----
> >>>Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 17:51:26 -0400
> >>>From: [log in to unmask]
> >>>Subject: Katrina-related...re: Improving metadata for
> >>disaster-relief and uniting families and loved ones.
> >>>To: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
> >>[log in to unmask], [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask],
> >>[log in to unmask]
> >>>
> >>>Dear friends, fellow librarians,
> >>>
> >>>I have an information-related problem and thought I'd go to
> >>the best!  Yes, this
> >>>is Katrina related, deals with bureaucracy and politics ...
> >>and is perhaps not
> >>>possible -- but I thought I'd give it a try.  Good
> >>opportunity to apply
> >>>knowledge of databases and sociology to the real world!!
> >>>
> >>>My friend Laura worked in an inner city school in New
> >>Orleans' 9th Ward before
> >>>moving to DC. She has been volunteering for them -- trying
> >>to find the
> >>>whereabouts of approx 200 kids from their school and kids
> >>from their
> >>>after-school/neighborhood programs.  Long story short --
> >>she's having trouble
> >>>finding them because many of them went by their "street
> >>names" or nicknames
> >>>(real examples include: Superman, Bookie, Coller, Fat
> >>Black). Nicknames/Street
> >>>names are not being collected by the Red Cross.  And their
> >>mom's last names are
> >>>often different than theirs.  (It doesn't help that the
> >>school's server with
> >>>some of this information is underwater and the backup server
> >>is not yet
> >>>recovered.)
> >>>
> >>>This is not a problem only for this organization, but also a
> >>problem for other
> >>>organizations, friends, neighbors etc.  This is a CULTURAL
> >>ISSUE that is
> >>>significant in being able to identify people. It would help
> >>a great deal if the
> >>>Red Cross would also gather this information, make
> >>searchable tertiary
> >>>information like phone numbers (http://katrina.im-ok.org),
> >>photos
> >>>(http://www.safe.textamerica.com/#p), or former addresses,
> >>etc. Having this
> >>>information would be highly highly beneficial to the long-
> >>term rehabilitation,
> >>>stability and care of this group of people. Having knowledge
> >>of the whereabouts
> >>>of family members and reuniting families would be highly
> >>significant in
> >>>assisting people with reuniting or grieving.
> >>>
> >>>The Red Cross is very busy and very bureaucratic. Laura has
> >>not able to talk
> >>>with anyone besides people who register volunteers.  (She's
> >>not pursing this
> >>>route but is, with a bunch of volunteers all around the
> >>country, is hanging
> >>>signs and hoping that people contact the organization thru
> >>their 1-800 number).
> >>>
> >>>I thought I'd run it by you to see if you had any thoughts
> >>on whether not you
> >>>think this idea could "sprout wing and fly" or would be at
> >>least remotely
> >>>feasible to pursue.  Is there anyone with high level
> >>contacts in the Red Cross
> >>>or in SLA, ALA etc. that would be qualified and might be
> >>interested to shepherd
> >>>this idea to the Red Cross. Is there anyone in a "disaster
> >>management library"
> >>>that has ideas or contacts?  (The message to convey is one
> >>of suggesting changes
> >>>regarding the collection of and access to metadata in the
> >>national registry of
> >>>missing people.)
> >>>
> >>>Please let me know if you know of any contacts that would be
> >>worthwhile to
> >>>contact that would be willing to champion the idea of
> >>talking with the Red Cross
> >>>to suggest that they also ask for nicknames or "street name"
> >>info, and take
> >>>photos of people that are interested -- and give reasons why
> >>this would be
> >>>helpful.
> >>>
> >>>Sincerely,
> >>>Anita
> >>>
> >>>(There might also be some opportunities to use social
> >>networking technologies
> >>>like Friendster.com or  Who Knows Whom?
> >>>http://www.cio.com/archive/061505/km.html )
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>Anita R. Johnson, Research Librarian
> >>>Sectoral & IT Resource Center (SITRC) in
> >>>Library and Archives of  Development (LAD)
> >>>ISG - Information Solutions Group
> >>>The World Bank
> >>>1818 H. Street, NW    MC-C3-220
> >>>Washington, DC 20433
> >>>USA
> >>>
> >>>Phone:  202.473.7973  |  Fax:  202.522.1160
> >>>Library Network:
> >>http://jolis.worldbankimflib.org/external.htm
> >>>
> >----------------------------------------
> >Caroline Haythornthwaite
> >Associate Professor
> >Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
> >501 East Daniel St., Champaign IL 61820
> ----------------------------------------
> Caroline Haythornthwaite
> Associate Professor
> Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
> 501 East Daniel St., Champaign IL 61820
>
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