Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Defeating Disaster: Fueled by Open Source Software & Crowdsourcing, The Crisis Mapping Community Is Rapidly Expanding. By Matt Alderton, Trajectory Magazine, 2014(3).

Connecting Grassroots to Gov, (John Crowley; Wilson Center)

World Disaster Report 2013

Guidance for Collaborating with Humanitarian_Organizations (Paper)

Guidance for Collaborating with VTC's (Paper)

Tweeting Up a Storm (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 (since 2009)




  • Add Photos
  • View All

The Crisis Mappers Network

The International Network of Crisis Mappers (Crisis Mappers Net) is an 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. We engage 8,600+ 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.

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, we work to support the annual conference, host webinars on topics of interest, & manage the website & google group to facilitate collaboration. Thus, it is the important work of the members themselves that makes this group what it is.

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.

For immediate feedback from our community, please post to:

7th ICCM

The 7th International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM)

"Building Resilience: Inclusive Innovations in Crisis Mapping"

September 28-September 30, 2016

Manila, Philippines


Primary conference website:

We would like to thank The Rockefeller Foundation, Making All Voices Count, The Ayala Corporation, and Unilab as the primary sponsors for ICCM 2016!

Additional thanks to the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion,  GlobeThe ICT for Peace Foundation, The American Red Cross,
The Palace Pool Club, AsianNGOJohn Carroll University
When in Manila, The Japan Foundation, and De La Salle-College of Benilde for their sponsorship!

Blog Posts

Crisis Mapping and Remote Sensing Satellites

Posted by John Bolton on June 28, 2016 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Article in UN Chronicle, by Thomas J. Weinandy

Posted by Jen Ziemke on May 23, 2016 at 9:30am

Fort McMurray Wildfire resource

Posted by Doug Hanchard on May 7, 2016 at 8:19pm

NiTiM International Graduate Summer School

Posted by Francesc Miralles on February 21, 2016 at 9:58am

Need your expertise!

Posted by Inna Dubinsky on February 9, 2016 at 10:18am


Mapping Zika in Puerto Rico - Looking for Feedback 2 Replies

Started by jMe in Projects. Last reply by jMe Oct 17.

MSc GIS thesis 2 Replies

Started by Paul Stewart in Videos. Last reply by Paul Stewart Oct 17.


The International Network of Crisis Mappers™ was established in 2009 by

Jen Ziemke & Patrick Meier. We host a 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.



Education & Resources

Syllabi & Materials:

Crisis Mapping, Politics & New Media (Spring '15)

Powerpoint for students (New! Spring 2015)


Crisis Mapping, Politics & New Media (Fall '12)

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

Instructional Materials

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


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


© 2016   Created by Patrick Meier.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service