Best Practices & Lessons Learned

World Disaster Report 2013

Guidance for Collaborating with Humanitarian_Organizations (Paper)

Guidance for Collaborating with VTC's (Paper)

Introductory Resources:

PBS: Mobile technology helps disaster victims (9 mins)

Patrick@National Geographic (18 mins)

Jen Ziemke: Intro to Crisis Mapping (51 mins)

Jaroslav Valuch & Anahi Ayala Iacucci:  Feb 2012 (25 mins)

Patrick Meier: Changing the World (53 mins)

Sanjana Hattotuwa: ICCM 2011 Keynote Address (15 mins)

Heather Leson: Crowdsourcing for Change (12 mins)

Jen Ziemke: How the network emerged. (8 mins)

NiJeL: Participatory Maps (1 hour)

Where 2.0: CrisisMapping the Haiti EQ (14 mins) 

Penn State University: GeoSpatial Revolution (13 mins)

Sophia B. Liu: Crisis, Curation & Culture (6 mins)

Kurt Jean-Charles: ICCM 2010 Keynote Address,  (30 mins)

Patrick Meier: Intro to Crisis Mapping (38 mins)

Jennifer Leaning: Patterns in Crisis Mapping, Inaugural ICCM Keynote Address,  (39 mins)

H. Puig: About the SBTF (34 mins)

J. Ziemke: The Construction of a New Interdisciplinary Field? Paper,    Course SyllabusPowerpoint for students

ICCM 2011

Partners & Sponsors


Many thanks to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), for supporting the network, conference series & website, the Department of Political Science @ John Carroll for co-organizing ICCM 2009 & 2010 & the Swiss ConfederationICT4Peace Foundation, & the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre for support for ICCM 2011, & The World Bank-GFDRR Labs, The World Bank Institute, & George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs for hosting ICCM 2012!

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The Crisis Mappers Network

The International Network of Crisis Mappers (Crisis Mappers Net) is the largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection of humanitarian crises, new technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping. The Crisis Mappers Network was launched at the first International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) in 2009. As the world's premier humanitarian technology forum, we engage 6,500+ members in over 160 countries, who are affiliated with over 3,000 different institutions, including  more than 400 universities, 50 United Nations agencies & projects, first responders operating in both the civilian and military space, dozens of leading technology companies, several volunteer & technical community networks and global, national, and local humanitarian and disaster response and recovery organizations.

Co-Founders & Curators: Dr. Patrick Meier & Dr. Jen Ziemke

Crisis Mappers leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies. As information scientists we also attempt to extract meaning from mass volumes of real-time data exhaust.

Crisis Mappers Net is not an organization or institution, and deliberately so. All of us connected here have very different goals, aims, strengths, interests, and backgrounds. As a network, we offer a neutral space for conversation and information sharing.  As volunteer administrators, Jen & Patrick work to support the annual conference, host webinars on topics of interest, & manage the website & google group to facilitate collaboration. Thus, is the important work of the members themselves that makes this group what it is.

Crisis Mappers Net hosts an annual conference event, the ICCM. This event showcases best practices and most recent contributions, innovations, and deployments from the global community.While we connect and collaborate on projects virtually throughout the year, we feel it has never been more important to reconnect face-to-face in order to help build relationships, discuss common challenges, share lessons learned from past deployments and anticipate next steps together. We hope you can make it to New York this fall for ICCM 2014.

We invite you to join our Google Group to participate in the latest discussions, ask questions, share & brainstorm, add yourself to the member map, learn what Crisis Mapping is all about, and view our list of member affiliations to learn about who we are. Pursuing other avenues for involvement? Visit our friends at the Standby Task Force & the Digital Humanitarian Network.

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6th Annual



ICCM 2014

New York City

Information coming soon!


ICCM 2014 follows past conferences:

  • 2013 (United Nations Office at Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2012 (The World Bank & George Washington University, D.C.)
  • 2011 (CICG: ICT4Peace, JRC & Swiss Confederation, Geneva)  
  • 2010 (Harvard & Tufts University, Boston)
  • 2009 (John Carroll University, Cleveland)

Member Map


The International Network of Crisis Mappers™ was established in 2009 by Patrick Meier and Jen Ziemke. We host an annual conference series, the International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM)™, encourage collaboration via, & offer resources, videos, working groups & webinars to facilitate the development of this new field.




Tip: Use the Search field above to connect! Search by interest, location, affiliation,  name, key words, or any combination (+) to find new partners. 

ICCM #11

Education & Resources

Syllabi & Materials:

Crisis Mapping, Politics & New Media (Current)

Crisis Mapping, Politics & New Media (Jan '11)

Instructional Materials

Powerpoint for students (Current)

Share or view pedagogical resources from the Teaching & Learning Working Group at:, code: KXCLZ8

Response in Haiti:

Executive Summary of Crisis Mappers' response

(Haiti, Mar '10)


External Links of Interest:

Open Crisis: a repository for crisis data scientists to find humanitarian and development data, news and ideas.

ICT in Conflict & Disaster Response: A Crowdmap

Wilson Center: Science & Technology Innovation Program, the Commons Lab



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