As the news of a massive earthquake in Nepal broke out, ICCROM, ICOMOS-ICORP and their combined network of heritage professionals joined forces to produce the Kathmandu Cultural Emergency Crowdmap to gather on-the-ground reports on damaged heritage in order to provide a consistent situation overview. The preliminary results have now been summarized into a report available for download.
This initiative was successful in gathering valuable information thanks to the contributions of several institutions namely, the Smithsonian Institution, USA, the Disaster Relief Task Force of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-DRTF) and UNESCO office in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Social media reports of cultural heritage professionals working in Nepal helped in gathering reports of damage to cultural heritage beyond the Kathmandu Valley. In particular the core team of the crowdmap wishes to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of: Dina Bangdel, Randolph Langenbach, Prof. Arun Menon, Tapash Paul, Neelam Pradhananga, Swosti Rajbhandari, Sudarshan Raj Tiwari, Rakshya Rayamajhi, Kai Weise.
Crowdmap core team:
- Céline Allain, Emergency response coordinator, National Library of France / FAC 2015 Participant
- Jennifer Copithorne, ICCROM
- Jonathan Eaton, Cultural Heritage without Borders–Albania / FAC 2015 Participant
- Rohit Jigyasu, President, ICOMOS-ICORP
- Elke Selter, Cultural heritage consultant
- Aparna Tandon, ICCROM
Report compiled and edited by Jonathan Eaton, Cultural Heritage Without Borders–Albania