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Arent Greve, dr. oecon, professor
Department of Strategy and Management
The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
Breiviksveien 40
NO-5045 Bergen, Norway


On 9 Sep 2005, at 11:10, Caroline Haythornthwaite 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
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> /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
>>
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> 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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