Rutgers-Camden Holds Edit-a-thon' to Aid Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

Rutgers University-Camden got down to digital business with a unique event to help relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden held an Edit-a-thon on Thursday, October 5th, with students creating digital maps of Puerto Rico that will be used by rescue and relief groups to help them better navigate the ravaged island and distribute aid.

University officials say that in the age of technology these maps will be very useful and will give people a new way to help the cause.

"There [are] a couple if things that we get out of this," said James Brown, director of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers Camden. "One is we get a feeling of doing something, which I think a lot of people are looking for ways to contribute beyond just donations.

"And this is a really tangible important thing that people can do but I think it also gives students a way to think about how digital technologies have a really real-world impact on who gets aid and who doesn't."

Once completed, the maps will be shared digitally with the American Red Cross through the Open Street Map Platform and users will be able to access the maps from any mobile device.

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