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Authors: Lea A. Shanley, Ryan Burns, Zachary Bastian, Edward S. Robson

Crisis mapping is an inter-disciplinary field that aggregates crowd-generated input data, such as social media feeds and photographs, with geographic data, to provide real-time, interactive information in support of disaster management and humanitarian relief. This article, published in the October 2013 issue of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, provides a brief overview of the emerging legal and ethical issues within crisis mapping.

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Lea Shanley

Lea Shanley

Former Senior Program Associate;
Co-Executive Director of the NSF South Big Data Innovation Hub
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