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  •  Something you can do right now! (4.00)
    If FEMA or the Red Cross had rolled out a database on day one, this would not be necessary, but they didn't, and while the Red Cross is publicizing its database now, there are thousands of entries at other sites that might not get listed without our help.  Messages are also getting posted on message boards at evacuation shelters and they need to get into a database.  So...

    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:

    Help us tell others about this project - ask other blogs, forums and websites to link to the project:

    Get buttons to put on websites and blogs here:

    Background on the project here:

    Questions? Email:
    katrina-people (at)

    The Katrina PeopleFinder Team

    Also for the techies:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: David Geilhufe  
    Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 10:16 AM
    Subject: Re: [Democratic Technology] Redundancy and Pattern Scanning

    Our specification the PeopleFinder Interchange Format is designed to address redundancy.

    Let a thousand flowers bloom and make sure they can all talk to one another.

    We need people to convince others to write feed that conform to the PFIF specification linked to off the Tech wiki

    Please find me some people. Thanks.

    David Geilhufe
    dgeilhufe  /socialsourcefoundation  /org
    (use sparingly, in information overload)
    IM on yahoo: dgeilhufe  /yahoo  /com
    (use sparingly, in information overload)

    Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and  
    Foundation are coordinating an open community effort to aggregate  
    refugee data from accross the web.
    Current information:

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