WATPA: FW: Katrina PeopleFinder Project

From: Norm Jacknis <norm@jacknis.com>
Date: Tue Sep 06 2005 - 21:30:58 EDT
FW: WATPA -- Katrina PeopleFinder Project

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

I wanted to be sure that you were all aware of the Katrina PeopleFinder Project.  Here's the pitch that's currently circulating:


Donated money? Please donate a little time. Join the Katrina PeopleFinder Project.

It's easy. All you need is an internet connection and the ability to copy data into a form.

After Katrina many friends and family members have been separated and left with no clear way to find each other. Hundreds of internet web sites are gathering hundreds, and probably thousands, of entries about missing persons or persons who want to let others know they're okay.

The problem is: the data on these sites has no particular form or structure. So it's almost impossible for people to search or match things up. Plus there are dozens of sites - making it hard for a person seeking lost loved ones to search them all.

The Katrina PeopleFinder Project NEEDS YOUR HELP to enter data about missing and found people from various online sources. We're requesting as little as an hour of your time. All you need to do is help read unstructured posts about missing or found persons, and then add the relevant data to a database through a simple online form.

To get started please click here:

Questions? Email katrina-people (at) activist-tech.org


The Katrina PeopleFinder Team


If you have folks asking you "what can I do to help people who are affected by Katrina?" please feel free to send them to this project.

If the volunteers have internet access, they can make a big difference by dedicating even an hour to this project, and they can do it from their homes and workplaces.

Best regards from Deborah

Deborah Elizabeth Finn
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Received on Tue Sep 6 21:30:38 2005

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