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Collaboration Technology for Humanitarian Action & Global Development

  1. 1. COLLABORATION TECHNOLOGY FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTION AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ROBERT KIRKPATRICK CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases, and Disasters
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHAT KINDS OF TECHNOLOGIES WILL HELP US ADAPT TO A CHANGING WORLD AND PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED ? </li></ul>Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 2004
  3. 3. <ul><li>IN OUR OPINION, COLLABORATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHAT HUMANITARIAN ACTION SHOULD LOOK LIKE <ul><li>You and the diverse groups you now need to work with join forces, share your data, and keep each other in sync. </li></ul><ul><li>Information flows rapidly, securely, reliably, up, down, and sideways . </li></ul><ul><li>You work together to analyze the data stream, identify patterns, and synthesize it into actionable information. </li></ul><ul><li>The response is agile, coordinated, efficient, and effective </li></ul>
  5. 5. A FEW REASONS WHY IT SELDOM DOES … <ul><li>Harsh field conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Slow, unreliable networks </li></ul><ul><li>Hot, tired, overloaded responders </li></ul><ul><li>Low signal-to-noise ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Data trapped in silos </li></ul><ul><li>Disincentives for cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of good tools for emergent collective action </li></ul><ul><li>How to include the local community? </li></ul>
  6. 6. The InSTEDD TECHNOLOGY Platform <ul><li>InSTEDD Mesh4X: Share Data Across All Boundaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MESH4X lets you integrate applications, devices, and information seamlessly into a shared, synchronized, distributed data mesh </li></ul></ul><ul><li>InSTEDD GeoChat: Take Decisive Action in Response </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GEOCHAT lets you engage and coordinate with everyone who needs to be involved, linking headquarters, field, and the local community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>InSTEDD Evolve: Synthesize Data into Actionable Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EVOLVE lets you and your team monitor and collaborate around diverse data streams to detect, analyze, triage and track critical events as they unfold </li></ul></ul>Open source software for closing the global collaboration gap
  7. 7. GeoChat 1.0 Fully-Inclusive Mobile Comms Geospatially-aware group messaging service for mobile field coordination
  8. 8. GeoChat <ul><li>Features : </li></ul><ul><li>Create, join, and participate in chat groups using SMS, email, or a web client on the surface of a map </li></ul><ul><li>Location information in messages is automatically extracted, so that you can see who said what, when, and where </li></ul><ul><li>International SMS gateway, Twitter gateway, and local gateway options </li></ul><ul><li>Full SMS command line interface </li></ul><ul><li>Public, private, and anonymous group configurations </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast alerts to the entire team </li></ul><ul><li>Relay RSS/ATOM feeds of critical data over SMS </li></ul>
  9. 9. GeoChat Ideas for the Future <ul><li>Import additional data layers </li></ul><ul><li>Sync structured data onto the map via HTTP or SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Offline client for disconnected operations </li></ul><ul><li>Pluggable encryption </li></ul><ul><li>Sensor integration </li></ul><ul><li>PDA client </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated Analytics – tag clouds, machine learning, entity extraction, clustering, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Radio integration? Voice? Video? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mesh4X 1.0 Adaptive Data Mesh Integration <ul><li>Features : </li></ul><ul><li>Fuse diverse applications, data sources, and devices </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronize data automatically between databases, files, websites, desktop software, PDAs, maps, and the Cloud… </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronize via HTTP or SMS </li></ul><ul><li>Detect conflicts automatically </li></ul><ul><li>Available in both .NET and Java </li></ul><ul><li>Open standards: FeedSync, RSS/ATOM, XForms, RDF </li></ul>A synchronization framework for seamless information sharing A synchronization framework for seamless information sharing
  11. 11. Mesh4X 1.0 <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Database, device, application and platform independent </li></ul><ul><li>Make changes anywhere. See the changes everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-politically neutral, “masterless” architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed, redundant storage </li></ul><ul><li>Sync without Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Work disconnected </li></ul>
  12. 12. EVOLVE 1.0 Collaborative Event Detection & Decision Support Human Expertise. Machine Learning. Evolve your Understanding.
  13. 13. Evolve 1.0 <ul><li>Features: </li></ul><ul><li>Create collaborative workspaces, invite colleagues, subscribe to data sources you choose to monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Interact securely with your team to sift through the data stream for emerging events </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate items with tags, comments, ratings, links, locations, files, alerts, and other social metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous agents perform data fusion, feature extraction, classification, tagging, geo-coding </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated hypothesis formation, visualization, machine learning </li></ul>
  14. 14. Evolve 1.0 <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Detect emerging critical events sooner and enable your team to take the right action earlier. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow human experts and autonomous agent-based analytic services to augment one another’s efforts. </li></ul><ul><li>Pattern detection algorithms learn from past events – and your team’s characterization of them – to improve performance the next time around. </li></ul><ul><li>Fully extensible open source platform allows you to incorporate your own data sources, services, and embedded modules. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Kirkpatrick </li></ul><ul><li>CTO, InSTEDD </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.instedd.org </li></ul><ul><li>+1 650 796 5709 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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