they are looking for people to volunteer their time sitting right in front of their computer by helping out with the Katrina PeopleFinder project:
Several dozen sites have been established to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina find their loved ones, and to allow people to report missing people. This creates a difficulty for people trying to locate missing persons - they need to search dozens of separate databases and message forums.You can help in two ways, depending on just how deep your geekdom goes:
So we've decided to create a centralized database, where you can search the data from all of these at one time.
- Enter lost/found info from various non-scrapable websites into a web form at the PeopleFinder project. Go here and follow the instructions.
- Write code to scrape existing datasets and integrate them into the PeopleFinder database. Go here and sign up to help.
I decided that since my scraping skills are pretty beginner-like, I would just dive in on the volunteer side. I have already claimed and entered three datasets of postings from the Katrina Connections site, where people were posting photos of lost loved ones.
Help out if you can.