If you’re reading this now, you have the skills to help out with the Katrina PeopleFinder Project.
From Rebecca McKinnon’s blog, RConversation:
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 theyÂ‚Ã„Ã´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. WeÂ‚Ã„Ã´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.
Thanks to Jon Lebkowsky for letting me know about this effort.