QUOTE(dogbiscuit @ Tue 19th January 2010, 5:48am)
I'm not sure I catch your drift. Are you trying to tell me that putting up a Wiki is not the solution to all man's ills?
I think I'll have to lie down and ponder that one. It's a lot to take in.
It is ironic that there are some kinds of Wikis (no, not WP type of Wikis) which could make a big difference in Haiti. They obviously needed one is a central "known survivor" and "known deceased" list, with details and photos. A central site with many inputs.
And there needs to be a complimentary "Looking for person X" list, also with photos and details (basically a missing person list).
A big problem is that a lot of bodies have to be buried quickly, for public health reasons. I saw video the other day of rotting bodies being carried by a bulldozer loader, which put me in mind of Dachau, or at least that scene from Soylent Green (which probably came from the Dachau film, too). That kind of no-documentary body disposal is going to cause MAJOR problems later, as they'll all have to be dug up again and DNA-typed, like victims of some genocidical operation, to figure out who is who.
Everybody who goes into a mass grave should have a face photo (if not too gross) first, and be body searched for ID. It would be nice if they could take a tissue sample and put it in alcohol, too. It doesn't have to be big. Even pulling some hair would do. Faces would perhaps not be posted publically, but ID found on bodies should be (face photos to be privately available to families who come forward).
Anybody alive in the affected areas who survived should get their photo, name, and as many personal details as they're comfortable with, uploaded. The same with "missing persons" and "persons sought".
This is face-booky, but these Wikis must have only inputs only from controlled points (we can't have vandalism on this). Citizens can upload, but it will take at least one layer of vetting and editing before it's posted to be publicly accessable. So far as I can tell, it hasn't been set up, yet. Of course it will be (just as with 9/11) but the longer it takes, the less useful it is.
Lists from it can be printed out and posted in various central places, for the use of those without computers.