Saturday, September 03, 2005

Peoplefinder data interchange spec & volunteer

Refugees can go to 20 different websites to find information on their
loved ones. We are publishing a spec to facilitate data interchange
among sites and that would allow the creation of a central database
of most refugee databases on the web. We are also connecting database
owners with volunteer programmers that can help implementing the
spec. Special thanks to Ka-Ping Yee. Peoplefinder is a community
effort lead by the Social Source Foundation, CivicSpace Labs and Foundation.

The "official" data exchange format for refugee data is defined here:

If you run a refugee database, please publish your data via RSS in
this standard. If you need volunteer programmers to help with
implementation IM me at dgeilhufe AT yahoo com.

If you can volunteer to contact refugee databases (Red Cross, Gluf
Coast, etc.) and help them implement the standard, please go here:

If can be a lead community organizer of programmers actually
implementing the standard for websites, or for efforts to scrape
databases, please go here:

Please diseminate this information far and wide.