Open source

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a project to create a free and open map of the entire world, built entirely by volunteers surveying with GPS, digitizing aerial imagery, and collecting and liberating existing public sources of geographic data. In the same way that the OpenStreetMap data bridges the missing information, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [HOT] acts as a bridge between the traditional Humanitarian Responders and the OpenStreetMap Community.


HealthMap is a freely accessible, automated electronic information system for monitoring, organizing, and visualizing reports of global disease outbreaks according to geography, time, and infectious disease agent. In operation since September 2006, and created by John Brownstein, PhD and Clark Freifeld, MS, HealthMap acquires data from a variety of freely available electronic media sources (e.g. ProMED-mail, Eurosurveillance, Wildlife Disease Information Node) to obtain a comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases.

Google Person Finder is a web application that allows individuals to post and search for the status of relatives or friends affected by a disaster. The program also lets press agencies, non-governmental agencies and others contribute to the database and receive updates by using the Person Finder API based on the PFIF open standard.


CAPRA is a Disaster Risk Information Platform for use in decision-making that is based on a unified methodology and tools for evaluating and expressing disaster risk. Building on—and strengthening—existing initiatives, CAPRA was developed by experts to consolidate hazard and risk assessment methodologies and raise risk management awareness.

CAPRA has engaged in technical assistance projects (TAP) in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.


FrontlineSMS is open-source SMS-messaging software that runs on a laptop connected to a GSM modem, a mobile phone, or an online SMS (or text message) service. It enables users to send, receive and manage SMS over a mobile network. The software can work without the need for Internet access, is easy to set up, simple to operate and free. Users only pay the standard text messaging charges through their regular mobile provider.


Akvo FLOW is a tool that collects, manages, analyses and displays geographically referenced monitoring and evaluation data using mobile phones and web-based Dashboards and maps.

Akvo combines open source software and an open data policy with a strong partner network to facilitate coordination, training, learning and data sharing. Akvo FLOW is open source software, but we also run our software as a service (SaaS) for our partner network.


The Taarifa Platform is an open source web application for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. It allows people to collect and share their own stories using various mediums such as SMS, Web Forms, Email or Twitter, placing these reports into a workflow. Where these reports can be followed up and acted upon, while engaging citizens and communities.