2013 News and Blog Posts about Virtual Volunteering

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Note that these are articles, as opposed to research and academic papers, which can be found here.

There are, no doubt, many more articles in 2013 on virtual volunteering - on using the Internet to engage and support volunteers - but I didn't start archiving stories for 2013 until December 2014.

ROME, 27 December 2013 "Unleashing Your Social Media Powers for Agriculture !" A list of online Social Media Team (SMTs) involved in agricultural-related development who are looking for onsite and online volunteers.

LONDON, 29 December 2013, BBC Podcast: SMS Code of Conduct? A BBC Click podcast : SMS texts have been very useful after disasters, to help locate the injured and save lives. But is there now a need for a code of conduct for digital emergency responders? In a special edition of the technology programme, Click examines the evolution of the digital disaster response . Do digital volunteers help or hinder relief efforts after a disaster, and is there a need for a code of conduct?

27 December 2013 Japan Times Researcher sees digital maps as key to understanding, alleviating crises . "“I did not fully understand the value of the volunteer work I do, helping in disaster response, until the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Before then, I saw it as a practice and learning tool to make maps drawing on my research on displacement. But when disaster hit so close to home, I could see how much the work of volunteers meant for real people. I followed the development of maps for disaster response in Japan very closely at that time and was very moved by the work that digital volunteers do to bring help to people they will probably never meet.”"

Chicago, IL –(ENEWSPF)- 12 December 2013: A $1.8 million Google Global Impact Award will enable Zooniverse, a nonprofit collaboration led by the Adler Planetarium and the University of Oxford, to make setting up a citizen science project as easy as starting a blog and could lead to thousands of innovative new projects around the world, accelerating the pace of scientific research. The award supports the further development of the Zooniverse, the world’s leading ‘citizen science’ platform, which has already given more than 900,000 online volunteers the chance to contribute to science by taking part in activities including discovering planets, classifying plankton or searching through old ship’s logs for observations of interest to climate scientists. With the Google Global Impact Award, Zooniverse will be able to rebuild their platform so that research groups with no web development expertise can build and launch their own citizen science projects. Article about the award for Zooniverse .

7 December 2013: The pilot program ExpertNet, hosted by the Food and Drug Administration to connect Federal experts with each other and with citizens who have expertise on a pertinent topic, was launched in 2010 and plans were announced to expand it further for 2014. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture were, at the time, also working to leverage a similar networking platform to enable collaboration and discovery among researchers and scientists. Expert networking platforms offer the potential for Government officials to find and connect with Federal colleagues, academic researchers, or members of the general public that have specialized skills or unique expertise. In its March 2013 Open Government Self-Assessment Report (PDF), the White House stated (pages 34-35): “Soliciting expert citizen opinions, outside the process of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is as much a culture-change and business process challenge as it is a question of technology platform. Furthermore, a number of private-sector platforms have emerged, such as Quora or Stack Overflow, which are online communities that already have self-sustaining, vibrant ecosystems that enable users to ask citizen experts very specific questions. Finding ways to take government questions to these and other relevant communities, rather than attempting to create a network from scratch that requires the government to find and aggregate experts itself, will ultimately be more sustainable, dynamic, open, and beneficial to the American people.” You can see the archive of the ExpertNet experiment, which has been discontinued, at archive.org, by cutting and pasting this URL: http://expertnet.wikispaces.com, and there is an archived version of a White House press release from 2010 about the initiative here.

USA, October 2013. Understanding and Working With Virtual and Mobile Volunteers. In this article, Tobi Johnson provides tips for managing and supporting offsite and online volunteers. "Clearly, we’re in the midst of a revolution in the work environment... In the midst of the tech revolution, nonprofits have adapted, offering new ways to engage, neatly categorizing volunteers into “virtual telecommuters” and “on-site supporters.” It’s become clear that these classifications don’t really capture the whole picture. In today’s world, MOST volunteers (even those that volunteer in-person) are BOTH virtual AND mobile -- accessing online information, communicating, and collaborating whenever and from wherever they like, both while in the office and outside it."

30 May 2013 How Community Volunteering Happens in Addis Ababa & in Cyberspace When Peter Cheer wasn't helping Ethiopian health organizations with IT setup and training in Addis Ababa, he was moderating posts to the Public Computing, ICT4D (ICT for Development) and Tech4Good branch of the TechSoup community forum, posting resources, sharing inspiring stories relating to technology and development, and answering questions. For Peter, the TechSoup forum provided him with a sense of community in his otherwise remote and challenging, yet also rewarding, work in Africa. Peter was in Africa through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas). This VolunteerMatch blog spotlights his efforts onsite and online.

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