Promoting a Cluster Approach to Sahana Development in Taiwan


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A presentation given at the Taiwan Sahana Development Forum in Taipei on July 30, 2010. The theme of the presentation was that a cluster approach should be taken to get the key organisations with interest in Sahana working together towards a common goal.

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Promoting a Cluster Approach to Sahana Development in Taiwan

  1. 1. Proposing a Cluster Approach for Sahana Development in Taiwan Gavin Treadgold Director, Sahana Software Foundation Taiwan Sahana Development Forum Howard International House, Taipei, Taiwan 30 July 2010 1
  2. 2. Development Models Funded Internships • SIDA, Google Summer of Code Global volunteers Commercial arrangements • Respere, AidIQ, CUNY, SSF Within an organisation • US NLM 30 July 2010 2
  3. 3. Development Models Funding hard to come by for internships GSOC projects excellent at prototyping, but can take significant effort to convert into production-ready code Difficult to direct volunteer efforts to ‘boring but essential’ tasks Vendors usually work with single organisation as client 30 July 2010 3
  4. 4. Development Models Current models don’t support complex needs of multi-agency development e.g. development by vendors often targeted at a single organisation’s needs We have not been as successful as we would like in getting emergency managers – the users – talking with developers Would like to capture and document more end user requirements 30 July 2010 4
  5. 5. Development Models These models have been successful for their purpose, but may not be suited to the scale of interest in Taiwan 30 July 2010 5
  6. 6. What is a Cluster? A Cluster is a group of organisations and individuals working in a common or similar activity to achieve shared outcomes in a coordinated manner 30 July 2010 6
  7. 7. Why a Cluster? The cluster approach has been successfully used for humanitarian response and in emergency management, and mirrors the coordinated approach of comprehensive emergency management 30 July 2010 7
  8. 8. Clusters are flexible Clusters will be developed so that their roles and membership best reflect the function(s) of the organisations by working together towards shared goals Clusters offer a flexible and collaborative approach, rather than being rigid and bureaucratic 30 July 2010 8
  9. 9. Benefits of a Cluster Better preparedness Coordinated action from many partners Provide a single go-to entity in Taiwan for Sahana More members create more legitimacy Becomes a group for driving standards and interoperability 30 July 2010 9
  10. 10. Why a Cluster? A cluster is about getting the best collaborative return on Taiwan’s investment in Sahana 30 July 2010 10
  11. 11. Next Steps? Leadership – Which organisation(s) should be the champion for Sahana in Taiwan? Document – Terms of Reference • Defined goals, roles and responsibilities • Processes Membership – Invitation to parties that would like to participate 30 July 2010 11
  12. 12. Cluster Membership Who is likely to participate? • Government • NGOs/NPOs • Academia • Industry • Volunteers Participation should be open and inclusive 30 July 2010 12
  13. 13. Next Steps Identify gaps in capability and capacity Address the gaps through action plans Verify the actions have closed the gap through exercises or real events 30 July 2010 13
  14. 14. Coordination As potentially the first cluster of this size, we need to work out how the Cluster interacts with the Sahana Software Foundation and the pool of global volunteer developers 30 July 2010 14
  15. 15. Think Global, Act Local Avoid duplication of effort Collaborate with other potential clusters, volunteer developers – to share the workload globally Use global Sahana infrastructure – code repository, wiki and documentation, email and IRC Share gaps and requirements with the global community 30 July 2010 15
  16. 16. IAEM The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), with members in 58 countries, is a non-profit educational organisation dedicated to saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. Our Vision Our vision is that IAEM be recognised as the premier international organisation of emergency management professionals. Our Mission Our mission is to advance the profession by promoting the principles of emergency management; to serve our members by providing information, networking and professional development opportunities; and to advance the emergency management profession. 30 July 2010 16
  17. 17. IAEM Taiwan IAEM Asia Council Currently HQ’d in Singapore - active in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand IAEM Taiwan National Representative: Gu Twsen-Juh 30 July 2010 17
  18. 18. IAEM Asia-Oceania Resilience Conference 5th-6th October, 2010 in Singapore Non-commercial conference, organised by IAEM Presentations on security, emergency management, crisis management, business continuity, risk management and disaster relief 30 July 2010 18