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Draft program for the workshop:

* Denis Havlik: overview and discussing the lessons learned from our recent experiment on volunteering, see Crowdtasking vs. VGI use.
* Chaim Rafalowski: Volunteering in Israel
* Steve Peterson: augmenting the CM capacity with virtual crisis management teams (CERTs, VOSTs, DHN), see
* Kenny Meesters: experiences with spontaneous unbound volunteers; putting communities in charge, engaging over social media… see
• Arjen Schmidt (Netherlands) - tbd. See
• Tobias Andreson Granberg (Sweden) - tbd. See

Dear All,
I’m currently writing a paper on the spontaneous volunteers management in disaster relief.
I would like to highlight, all the recent development on this topic in term of both scientific research and on-going/pilot project. If you have a work to disseminate, it will be a pleasure for me to insert it in my research paper. You can contact me by Google+ or by my email (
Thank you very much for your collaboration.
Best Regards

Claudia Paciarotti

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If you want to try out CrowdTasker during the ISCRAM conference, please download the version 3.3 of the app from here:

Latest version on the Android store is unfortunately broken at the moment. In order to get the activation code, you either need to click through the conditions for the last experiment we did in the Hague ( or come to demo point and ask me.

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My contribution to discussion: CrowdTasking and Volunteered Geographic Information as practiced by GDACS mobile as two methods for getting more out of the informal volunteers in a crisis situation

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Enjoyed today's engaging conversations with speakers and attendees!

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Professor Havlik: Here are some slides for consideration for discussing during your workshop on Sunday.

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Hi all,

I look forward to engaging with you and exchange ideas. but even more to look forward and combining our joint knowledge in different output channels. I think the topic communities, technology, volunteers, self-organization and resilience are becoming more intertwined.
I won't give all away but this is a presentation I gave at the World Conference Disaster Managemet last year in Canada

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Last month, we have organised an experiment on informal volunteers and crisis communication in the hague. In the backend, we experimented with innovative ways for interpreting and presenting the information gathered from the volunteers. On the field, we experimented with three methods for improved crisis communicaiton and volunteer management, supported by three applications:

- Crowdtasking, supported by
- Volunteered Geographich Information gathering, supoprted by GDACS mobile (
- emergency information for tourists, supported by SafeTrip (

Some preliminary information on the outcome of the event are available at
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