UNOSAT Disaster Response Challenge

Help us come up with ideas for disaster response crowdsourcing applications.

At UNITAR/UNOSAT, we are developing Geotag-X—a platform for crowdsourcing the  analysis and geotagging of media from disasters. During a humanitarian crisis, remote sensing imagery techniques are indispensable where difficult ground conditions prevail. However pictures and other media from the field are also essential to complete and validate the analysis from satellite imagery if they can be converted to data that is categorized and georeferenced.

We’d like your help with two challenges.

Challenge #1

We would like your help in coming up with ideas for applications that can be hosted on the platform.

There is a lot of information stored in a photo however to recognise important and relevant data in a photo requires special skills and knowledge. UNITAR-UNOSAT will provide you with a set of photos and the aim of this challenge is to help us come up with new ideas for analysing these photos by answering these questions: How can we really push the crowd to perform in-depth analyses of media coming out of a disaster? What sort of information can we get out of photos that would help the disaster management and response effort? What sort of expertise do we need to teach the crowd to perform these analyses? How can we implement this in a crowdsourcing application? How can we leverage the features  of PyBossa ( and CrowdCrafting ( for this kind of application?

Challenge #2

We’d like to have your help with geo-tagging.

The information from photo analysis would be even more useful if we could geo-tag it to a specific location. We don’t necessarily need  the  exact location: just knowing the region, city, or area is extremely helpful. But even this less accurate kind of  geo-tagging requires a lot of work searching for place names, and matching the photo with satellite imagery. We’d like your help in finding ways to facilitate this work, especially if you have web development/design skills.  Can you develop an application in PyBossa/CrowdCrafting that does this? Can we automatically match text in the caption or webpage to a location in google earth? Can we link locations to google earth to help people search satellite imagery? Is it possible to geo-tag to an area instead of a point? We need your ideas and skills to help us make the geo-tagging process easier!

If you are not at the hack day, you can still join in on our etherpad.