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Data Scientists Help Locate Hurricane Katrina Victims

Data experts at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UCSD collaborated with the American Red Cross and other rescue organizations to make it easier for persons to locate missing loved ones in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. SDSC created an amalgamated list containing thousands of names from a number of individual data searches that have sprung up since the disaster occurred.

Many of those affected have turned to the Web to try and establish contact with family and friends left homeless because of the storm. SDSC created a solution that retrieves name, age, current location and home address information from existing databases and places it into one easy-to-use list. The list is updated to show new names that are entered and missing individuals who are reunited with their families.

"We hope to take this opportunity to use what we have learned to construct a database system to be in place even before the next disaster hits," says SDSC data scientist Chaitan Baru.

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