About CrisisNET

CrisisNET is an Ushahidi initiative to build a platform for the world’s crisis data, giving journalists, data scientists, developers, and other makers fast, easy access to critical government, business, humanitarian, and crowdsourced information. By reducing the time it takes to access and use crisis data from hours or days to minutes, CrisisNET removes the barriers to big data, and empowers communities to create solutions for their own problems.

When crises hit, timely, relevant data can help governments, local volunteers and the humanitarian community respond quickly to events on the ground. However, even though modern crises generate unprecedented amounts of data, most of it remains locked away in obscure formats and undocumented APIs — beyond the reach of most media organizations, NGOs and community leaders. Even when the data is accessible, specialists must invest significant time and resources to make it usable. In the meantime the clock is ticking, and lives are lost.

We can do better. To make sure communities, technologists, the media, and other makers are prepared the moment a crisis strikes, we continually collect massive amounts of data of different types and from disparate sources, then organize it, clean it, and restructure it into a single, well-documented format. It used to take days to discover, retrieve, and format crisis data for any application, visualization, or analysis. Now you can do the same using a single line of code (or a few clicks of the mouse) through the CrisisNET API.


Chris Albon, Ph.D. - Co-Founder & Project Director

Chris is the Director of Data Projects with a focus on crisis data. Previously, Chris was Director of the Governance Project at FrontlineSMS. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Davis researching the impact of civil wars on health care systems.

Chris blogs at ChrisRAlbon.com, UN Dispatch, and Daily Dot. In 2008, he founded Conflict Health, a blog on the defense of health and health workers in armed conflict and political violence. Conflict Health has been cited by many major publications, including The Atlantic, Harpers, Wired, The Economist, Time, The Guardian, and The American Prospect.

In another life, Chris was a freelance web designer, including SEO, graphic design, and UI/UX. He lives in Baltimore.

Jonathon Morgan - Co-Founder & Technical Director

Jonathon is an entrepreneur and technologist focused on software architecture, product leadership, data science and data journalism. He was previously the CTO of venture-backed startup SA Trails, where he built a content distribution and network management platform for the South American hospitality industry, Principal Technologist at Bay Area design/build agency Bright & Shiny, where he led the engineering team that realized David Gelertner's vision of a "heterogenius, real-time messaging stream," and Founder/Principal of Good at the Internet, an interactive agency with clients like SXSW. He regularly writes and speaks about big data platforms, distributed system design and emerging technologies.

Jonathon lives in Austin, TX with his wife, nine-year-old daughter, and small, fuzzy dog. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathonmorgan.