Kanoe Hardin grew up in Santa Cruz, California, but has always had strong family ties to Maui. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Linfield College, but returned to school to learn a new trade. She is currently a sophomore working toward an A.S. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology at the University of Hawaii Maui College, where she is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Tech Club. When she finishes her degree, she hopes to find a job as a system administrator or computer programmer.

Institute when accepted: University of Hawaii Maui College

Geographic Information System (GIS) Metadata Portal Website Migration Project Site: Pacific Disaster Cente Mentor: Ray Shirkhodai

Project Abstract: The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) seeks to build a more resilient world by supplying both decision¬†makers and the general public with the information they need to better prepare for, respond¬†to, mitigate, and recover from disasters. In order to do this, PDC collects complex data¬†sets from a variety of different sources, and transforms and consolidates them into an easy-tounderstand¬†format. The goal is to harvest discrete and sparse data, translate and combine¬†them into comprehensible and actionable knowledge, and to provide easy access for the public¬†and emergency managers, so that the results can be used in life-saving operations and in mitigation¬†planning. In order to reach out to more people, PDC is expanding its use of social media¬†outlets such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. As part of this strategy, we have created¬†brief but informative videos that introduce and explain PDC’s Web-based and mobile applications¬†and posted them to the PDC channel on YouTube. The newly designed and developed¬†short videos incorporate graphics, photos, demonstrations of the applications, and archival¬†footage. Once the YouTube channel is populated with instructional videos, we plan to continue¬†enhancing PDC’s social media presence by finding ways to reuse, cross-link, and improve¬†content of our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter sites. By providing this information in a¬†mode that the online community is familiar and comfortable with, we hope to reach and educate¬†more people about disaster reduction means, tools, and information, and ultimately, move¬†one step closer to fostering a society that is better able to prepare for and respond to disasters.