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[mob] Help Katrina victims

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, many well-meaning people and organizations have set up people-finder databases where people can post information about family and friends they're looking for - or victims can post information about where they are now so people looking for them will know they're okay.

Unfortunately, there are dozens of these sites now with more popping up every day. This makes it extremely difficult to find people or be found. A group of people are currently working on a system to unify these databases into one source. And they need help. If you're a coder, they could use some backend help. If you can read and type, they really need help with data entry- many people finder databases can be "screen scraped" automatically, but data on others (like Craigslist) has to be entered manually.

http://www.katrinahelp.info/ is the Katrina Help Wiki. You can go to http://katrina.internet2.edu/wiki/index.php/PeopleFinderVolunteer to volunteer for the people finder project. It's really easy- just choose a block of data to type in, type it in, then mark it completed.

If you need more help, we're also online in irc.freenode.net in channel #globalvoices.