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  • Highlights the value of the EDEN approach.
  • Lax building regulations combined with poverty meant the vulnerability was higher than necessary.
  • Highlights the value of the EDEN approach.
  • Hurricane Katrina in the US had 50 different MPRs without any interoperability! PFIF: Person Finder Interchange Format We helped Google fix their implementation of PFIF .
  • http://hepl.nlm.nih.gov/inw/
  • MGRS coordinates which is what US Responders wanted
  • Hospital AVailability Exchange
  • http://epic.cs.colorado.edu/ Project EPIC Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis Use requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine readable.
  • Display WMS, KML & Internal Resources over an OpenStreetMap base layer (or Google, or Yahoo)
  • Hurricane Karl
  • Lessons Learnt from PK!

Sahana : Case Studies (SahanaCamp 1.2) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Sahana : Case Studies 3 November 2010, Sahana Camp Fran Boon & Michael Howden [email_address] [email_address]
  • 2. Overview
    • Haiti Earthquake, January 2010
    • Food Requests Portal
    • Pakistan Floods, July 2010
    • Veracruz Cyclone, September 2010
    • DRR Project Portal
  • 3. Haiti, January 2010
  • 4. Rapidly-changing requirements
    • Missing Person Registry
    • Mapping
    • Organization Registry
    • Hospital Management
    • Volunteer Registry
    • WFP: Food Request Portal
  • 5. Missing Person Registry
    • We persuaded the response community to standardize on PFIF as a tool for interoperability
    • Google provided a multilingual widget for embedding into sites
    • US National Library of Medicine built a Sahana front-end called iWall
  • 6. PFIF
  • 7. Mapping
    • High-resolution Satellite Imagery available quickly (26 hrs)
    • OpenStreetMap volunteers used this & old printed maps to quickly cover Port-au-Prince
    • These were made available as basemaps on handheld GPS
  • 8. Mapping
    • Texts from people trapped under the rubble were geolocated using these maps
    • 1 st Responders were given coordinates for where to look & had the GPS basemaps
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  • 10. Organization Registry
    • Army of volunteers input data from a multitude of spreadsheets
      • We had the best data & it was accessible
    • Hospital Management
      • We had the best data & it was accessible
      • EDXL-HAVE compliant
    • Volunteer Management
      • Built in 48 hours!
  • 11.  
  • 12. Request Management
    • ‘ Closing the Loop’ for data from:
      • SMS (4636)
      • Twitter (Tweak the Tweet)
    • Matching Requests with Pledges
    • RSS feeds provided by these projects were parsed & put into new UI
  • 13.  
  • 14. Food Requests Portal
    • World Food Programme
    • Implementing Partners request Food deliveries for their zones
    • WFP approves & schedules collection or delivery (with armed escort, where-requested)
    • SMS Notifications
  • 15.  
  • 16. Pakistan Floods 2010
    • Largest Emergency in History of UN
    • Community response effort
    • Worked with Rotary Club in Pakistan
    • Rapidly implemented new structured data models
    • Implemented new features:
      • Rapid Assessment Tool
      • Right to Left support
      • Mapping Tools
      • Inventory
  • 17.  
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  • 19. Sahana Didn’t Work!
    • When a disaster hits it is too late to deploy
    • Lack of baseline data – locations
    • No Urdu translation
    • Poor SMS infrastructure
    • Crowd-sourcing failed
    • Inter-Organisational vs.
    • Intra-Organisational
  • 20. Veracruz, September 2010
  • 21. What went well?
    • Rapid setup of Infrastructure, so users could focus on usage
      • they took full ownership of data whilst we focussed on Infrastructure
    • Locations Hierarchy available in Wikipedia
      • we prioritised this before release
    • Localisation into Spanish
    • Flexible use of Google Maps instead of OSM
  • 22. DRR Project Portal
    • A website to facilitate coordination and collaboration on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) projects
    • Asia Disaster Preparedness Center
    • International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Asia Partnership
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