Information and Help Network for the Bird Flu
From Avian Flu Help Team
Please accept our apologies for the group mailing.
You have all been doing a noble effort in collecting information
online about Avian Flu. As you can see there are many scattered
resources available right now to find scientific data, information,
news and other tidbits. This mail is an effort to invite you all
together to collaborate together on one effort so that we can put our
collective minds and hands together in one "Mega" CollaBlog/CollaWiki.
We are members of a group called World Wide Help Group
(http://groups.google.com/group/WorldWideHelp/about) who have
volunteer members all over the world with various skills. We started
working together on TsunamiHelp (http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com,
http://www.tsunamihelp.info) which became the one-stop resource to
find any and all information related to Tsunami. We had at one point
of time 3000 volunteer bloggers/editors helping us with the content.
It is one of the best example of what an unified online collaboration
effort could bring out. Another fine example is the People Finder
Project (http://katrinahelp.info/rdata/) which collaborated with
industry to create PFIF, a platform-agnostic database interchange
format http://katrinahelp.info/wiki/index.php/PFIF) that has since
been used by all the major People Finder projects (including Google,
Since then, with the help of the other members of the World Wide Help
Group, we have been working on several philanthropic sites of note
http://www.katrinahelp.info/ -- for victims of the Hurricane Katrina
http://www.ritahelp.info/ -- for victims of the Hurricane Rita
http://quakehelp.blogspot.com/ -- for victims of the Kashmir Earthquake
http://mumbaihelp.blogspot.com/-- for victims of the Mumbai Cloudburst
http://www.hcvaction.org/ -- for victims of Hepatitis C, to
promote research and awareness and support for a cure
At this point we are in contact with an international network of
volunteers including India, the Middle East, USA, and several European
countries. We have begun work on an H5N1 disaster-response web
information delivery system. We have developed a diverse volunteer
corps of online writers, "bloggers", wiki admins, and now wish to
take these efforts to a higher level.
We expect you realize the tremendous value that such a collaboration
could have, both in terms of scientific achievement, humanitarian
concerns, and international relations.
With the common goal of helping the affected and informing the general
public about Avian Flu, we would like to start the discussions among
the various admins of major Avian Flu websites (Blogs, Wiki &
Informational Sites), that is you, about coming together on this noble
cause. We can then work out the logistics on how, when, where and who
of this effort.
Looking forward to hearing from all of you,
With Best Regards
The World Wide Help Group