Crowdsourcing Powers Disaster Relief

Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the common coordination problems during a disaster from finding missing people, managing aid, managing volunteers, tracking camps effectively between Government groups, the civil society (NGOs) and the victims themselves.

There was a pressing need to translate this application into Burmese post Cyclone Nargis to assist in humanitarian intervention efforts and this was done via a volunteer base and in record time too.

Devolution of power and control leads to evolutionary changes in the way things work. What holds true for software will hold true for publishing.


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