Title: Standardising And Mapping Open-Source Informaiton for Crisis Regions: The Case of Ost-Conflict Iraq
Citation: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management vol. 29 no. 3 p. 237-254
Publisher: Blackwell Publ LTD
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC32614
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC32614
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Painting an accurate picture of the situation on the ground in countries in crisis is vital for the efficiency of humanitarian aid and reconstruction agencies. This study describes a method for standardising and mapping the plethora of open-source information. The test site for the study is post-conflict Iraq. Important information on aid distribution, reconstruction and security in Iraq can be derived from the reports of humanitarian aid agencies and the media, before being formatted, inserted into a database and mapped. The product is a visual, cartographic structure of otherwise random information, showing which organisations are working in the country, which thematic and geographic areas are being prioritised in the field, and which areas most frequently experience security events. This type of mapping not only highlights the overall working environment within different parts of the country, but it may also serve as a decision-making tool for donors and humanitarian aid agencies planning to deploy personnel.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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