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Haiti Earthquake: Person Finder Gadget by Google

In response to Haitian earthquake, a team of Googlers with U.S. Department of State created an online People Finder gadget so that people can submit information about missing persons and to search the database. “In order to prevent the proliferation of multiple missing persons databases (a big problem during Hurricane Katrina), we’ve made the People Finder gadget standards-based and easily embeddable on any website. The gadget is currently available in English, French and Creole,” explained Google blog.

You’ll find this gadget on Haiti earthquake response, on State Department website, or here.

Google also made “Haiti Map Maker data public for non-commercial use and attribution. Data can be used by relief workers to do things such as create offline maps, combine data sets and run analysis,” Google.org. Also, “News and user footage continues to roll into YouTube. Oxfam and American Red Cross are even responding to donations by uploading videos that show viewers exactly where their contributions are making a difference,” YouTube blog.

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