Google powers up Person Finder for New Zealand quake

Google has launched a web service for those who seek people or have information on those involved in the New Zealand earthquake.This is the second time the Person Finder service has been used.

Google has launched a web service for those who seek people or have information on those involved in the New Zealand earthquake.

This is the second time the Person Finder service has been used. Google first developed and launched the web service in response to the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. Person Finder allows anyone to submit information about any person and allows people to be searched for by name.

New Zealand earthquake
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Person Finder uses an API based on the open People Finder Interchange Format (PFIF) standard, which was developed by technologists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Person Finder can be embedded as a gadget on non-Google website pages.

Data entered into the service is available to the public and viewable and useable by anyone. All submitted data will be deleted from each Person Finder instance after one year, unless a long-term owner is found, Google said.

Developers who wish to contribute to the project can do so at the Google code repository.

The service runs on Google's platform-as-a-service product, Google App Engine.

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