Crisis mapping, an emerging interdisciplinary field that uses technology to aid in the response to humanitarian emergencies, is being taught this semester through the Ex College at Tufts. The course description reads:
This course aims to teach students about the field and equip them with the skills to use the most important crisis mapping tools. It will also survey, around the world, how crisis mapping technologies are being applied to an increasingly wide range of scenarios, including the monitoring of elections and human rights abuses, citizen journalist mobilization, conflict tracking, and aid evaluation.
Finally, students will become part of a growing global network of skilled ‘crisis mappers.’
Last spring, students from The Fletcher School gathered on the Tufts campus to participate in a crowd-sourcing disaster response program that provided real-time data for the relief effort in Haiti following the devastating effects of the earthquake that struck the country about one year ago.