Recent crises ranging from Hurricane Sandy to the clashes in Syria have revealed a new phenomenon: a surge in the amount of real-time data available about ongoing events. Thanks to the spread of smartphones and handheld devices, the prevalence of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and crowd information management systems such as Ushahidi, data from crisis-stricken regions is now available much faster and in much higher volumes than ever before. It is no longer necessary to wait for traditional media outlets or official announcements to gain insights into current events around the world; now all we need is an internet connection to get the information we need to track and analyze events as they unfold.
Humanitarian crises may vary in many respects, yet these often tragic events have two things in common: (1) they bring a great impact to bear on human lives, and, (2) this impact can be alleviated through a better understanding of the circumstances. At SumAll.org we believe that analyzing data coming out of crisis-stricken regions has the potential to transform not only how we respond to crises, but even how crises themselves unfold.
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