It was a tough week for the people of Boston, and for anyone, of course, affected by the tragedy.  We’ve been reluctant to write on the topic, preferring instead to see how the drama unfolded and express our support in more private ways. But now that the week has passed, we feel it’s important to reflect on the lessons learned and look closely at the ways technology and data are becoming increasingly critical to the disaster response. As we head into Lucene/Solr Revolution and prepare to collaborate with leading experts who work with data on a daily basis, we invite the people in our community to think about how you might be able to apply knowledge to the a greater good: finding better ways to prepare and respond to disasters, both natural and man-made.

On Wednesday, we will try to start this conversation.  But in preparation, we’d like to ask everyone in our community three questions:
What critical role has technology played in the response to the Boston Marathon bombings (what were the most important technologies)?

What makes this response different?

What major lessons have we learned?

If you care to comment, please do so here or engage us on @LuceneSolrRev.  We’ll be posting our thoughts here on Wednesday.  Hoping you can be part of this.

Respectfully,

The Lucene/Solr Revolution team

Cross-posted from Lucene/Solr Revolution Blog