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Sahana Foundation’s Response to Haiti Earthquake 3 July 2010, Sahana Camp Fran Boon [email_address]
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Rapidly-changing requirements <ul><li>Missing Person Registry </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Organization Reg...
Missing Person Registry <ul><li>We persuaded the response community to standardize on PFIF as a tool for interoperability ...
PFIF
Mapping <ul><li>High-resolution Satellite Imagery available quickly (26 hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStreetMap volunteers us...
Mapping <ul><li>Texts from people trapped under the rubble were geolocated using these maps </li></ul><ul><li>1 st  Respon...
 
Organization Registry <ul><li>Army of volunteers input data from a multitude of spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We had ...
 
Request Management <ul><li>‘ Closing the Loop’ for data from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS  (4636) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
 
Food Requests Portal <ul><li>World Food Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing Partners request Food deliveries for thei...
 
Infrastructrure <ul><li>NetHope  &  Inveneo </li></ul><ul><li>Long-distance WiFi links to provide connectivity for NGOs & ...
Making Do
Lost in the Clouds
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  • 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.
  • What I personally did on the ground in Haiti.
  • Broken ladder needed to be mended so that we could get back onto the rooftops. NGO offices had collapsed &amp; so staff were forced to work in makeshift offices.
  • Ran out of Battery on the Radio when the clouds came down….luckily I had the proper equipment so the sliding around didn’t put me at risk. Fortune was on our side as the pole laid as guide had served it’s purpose (GPS doesn’t work well close to magnetic source such as tower!) Re-emerged wet, but happy 
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    1. 1. Sahana Foundation’s Response to Haiti Earthquake 3 July 2010, Sahana Camp Fran Boon [email_address]
    2. 2. Tuesday, 12 January 2010
    3. 3. Rapidly-changing requirements <ul><li>Missing Person Registry </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Organization Registry </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital Management </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Registry </li></ul><ul><li>WFP: Food Request Portal </li></ul>
    4. 4. Missing Person Registry <ul><li>We persuaded the response community to standardize on PFIF as a tool for interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Google provided a multilingual widget for embedding into sites </li></ul><ul><li>US National Library of Medicine built a Sahana front-end called iWall </li></ul>
    5. 5. PFIF
    6. 6. Mapping <ul><li>High-resolution Satellite Imagery available quickly (26 hrs) </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStreetMap volunteers used this & old printed maps to quickly cover Port-au-Prince </li></ul><ul><li>These were made available as basemaps on handheld GPS </li></ul>
    7. 7. Mapping <ul><li>Texts from people trapped under the rubble were geolocated using these maps </li></ul><ul><li>1 st Responders were given coordinates for where to look & had the GPS basemaps </li></ul>
    8. 9. Organization Registry <ul><li>Army of volunteers input data from a multitude of spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We had the best data & it was accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hospital Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We had the best data & it was accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDXL-HAVE compliant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Built in 48 hours! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 11. Request Management <ul><li>‘ Closing the Loop’ for data from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS (4636) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter (Tweak the Tweet) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Matching Requests with Pledges </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds provided by these projects were parsed & put into new UI </li></ul>
    10. 13. Food Requests Portal <ul><li>World Food Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing Partners request Food deliveries for their zones </li></ul><ul><li>WFP approves & schedules collection or delivery (with armed escort, where-requested) </li></ul><ul><li>SMS Notifications </li></ul>
    11. 15. Infrastructrure <ul><li>NetHope & Inveneo </li></ul><ul><li>Long-distance WiFi links to provide connectivity for NGOs & Medical teams. </li></ul>
    12. 16. Making Do
    13. 17. Lost in the Clouds
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