Monday, January 25, 2010
It takes an army

 

Note: This entry is cross-posted from CNN.com's Behind The Scenes blog.

 

In the last two weeks, amid all the chaos and heartbreak of the story in Haiti, something extraordinary happened on iReport.

 

Almost as soon as the quake struck, worried family and friends posted pleas for help to find the missing to CNN iReport. They came in by the thousands -- so quickly that our systems were inundated with people paging and searching through the faces, looking for news.

 

But we knew it was important that people were able to find all the names. So we sent out our own pleas for help to friends and family and the generous iReport community to help organize it all -- all the iReports, all the phonecalls to CNN, all the e-mail.

 

In no time at all a small army of volunteers and iReporters began poring over a mass of spreadsheets saved as Google Docs, collecting and giving structure to all the info CNN has about the missing and the found. (That's iReporter Chris Morrow in the photo, pitching in from her home office in San Diego, California.)

 

Thanks to their efforts, CNN's searchable list of the missing launched January 18 and now includes more than 10,000 names and faces, with more added every day. And the list is also part of Google's Person Finder, where it's integrated with lists from other organizations like the Red Cross and the U.S. State Department.

 

Now, as search and rescue efforts turn to relief and rebuilding, we are sorting through the iReport stories and using the power of CNN to shine a light on all that was lost, and all that still needs doing. If you know a story that needs to be heard, post it on iReport. We’re all ears.

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Good Job Chris! Good luck in Haiti!

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I'm glad you had the heart to do all this. Thanks. Igor
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