Christchurch Recovery Map

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The Christchurch Recovery Map, also known as, was a short-lived website providing crowdsourced information about the Christchurch Earthquake of 22 February 2011.[1][2][3] The site aggregated information via email, tweets with an #eqnz hashtag, SMS and a locally hosted web form. The site was built with open source tools and active support from CrisisCommons[4] and Ushahidi.

As well as providing information, the volunteers hosting the site provided much of the technical infrastructure behind the Student Volunteer Army.[5] The site became a major source of public information. Within its first week of operation, it had received approximately 100,000 unique visitors.[6] The site is listed as a credible source of information by New Zealand's two main news sites,[7] and,[8] as well as Google Crisis Response's[9] and the Trademe's website.[10] As mainstream agencies responded to the quake, other forms of communication became established and the need for a grass roots website subsided. The website is no longer updated as the normal information channels have resumed, and recommends an alternative website.[11]

Despite complaints, the website does work on the Wayback Machine, until the screenshot on 2 July 2011.

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  1. ^ Tech volunteers quick to help in quake aftermath, Computerword
  2. ^ Web acts as virtual crisis centre for Christchurch quake victims, Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ Social media plays key role after New Zealand earthquake Archived 28 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.,
  4. ^ "Project update for the Christchurch Recovery Map". 2011. Archived from the original on 4 January 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  5. ^ Call For Information Activists,
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Christchurch earthquake
  8. ^ Information and Resources – Christchurch Earthquake
  9. ^ Christchurch Earthquake, Google Crisis Response
  10. ^ Christchurch Earthquake Support, Trademe
  11. ^ "Christchurch Recovery Map". 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2011. We recommend you visit or call the quake helpline at 0800 779 997 for current information