19 May '11, 8am

Portland’s CivicApps Initiative: Crowd Sourcing for Crisis Management

Portland’s CivicApps Initiative: Crowd Sourcing for Crisis Management

Though not created specifically to address issues of emergency management, the City of Portland, Oregon’s CivicApps initiative has proven to be a fruitful means for generating innovative, unconventional disaster preparedness tools. What is more, the crowd sourcing approach of CivicApps is an extremely cost effective means for developing this information technology. Furthermore this open source approach is proving to be a successful conduit for Civic Engagement 2.0. Municipal governments should follow Portland’s CivicApps example not only to develop technologies and platforms that help with disaster preparedness such as Loqi.me, but also to foster deeper levels of trust and communication between local government and developer communities. Will crowd sourced development of mobile apps to leverage open sourced public data be the 21st Century solution to streamlined disaster p...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/portlands-civicapps-i...

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