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Open source software is critical to the next generation of crisis management. In this presentation, I presented a case study on hyper-local success using the Ushahidi software during the Snowmageddon ...

Open source software is critical to the next generation of crisis management. In this presentation, I presented a case study on hyper-local success using the Ushahidi software during the Snowmageddon snow storms in Washington DC during 2010. I also spoke a bit about Joomla, an open source content management system.

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Open Source and Snowmageddon - Tech@State Open Source and Snowmageddon - Tech@State Presentation Transcript

  • Snowmageddon!
    Based on a true story
    By Ryan Ozimek - @cozimek
    February 11, 2011
  • We’re going to move fast
    Feb 10, 2011
    Tech@State - cozimek@picnet.net - @cozimek
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  • Who am I?
    Ryan Ozimek
    Common boy’s
    name in the 1970’s
    It’s Polish
    Feb 10, 2011
    Tech@State - cozimek@picnet.net - @cozimek
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    On the Twitter at…
  • Who am I?
    Feb 10, 2011
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  • Who am I?
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  • Who am I?
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  • Let’s get local
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  • …more local…
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  • …more local…
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  • …hyper-local!
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  • Washington DC meets snow…
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  • …well, it looked more like this.
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  • Don’t sit around, do something
    Federal government shut down
    Businesses shut down
    Open source entrepreneurs at PICnet woke up
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  • Don’t just sit around, do something
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  • Open source trailblazers
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  • Let’s use OSS to make a site that…
    Allows neighbors to help neighbors
    Aids the local government
    Enables us to test out a new open source tool
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  • Ushahidi
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  • Snowmageddon Clean Up
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  • Snowmageddon Clean Up
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  • Snowmageddon Clean Up
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  • Snowmageddon Clean Up
    “you’ve got the technology, we’ve got the eyeballs…let’s work together”
    – essentially what someone at
    the Washington Post said to me
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  • Snowmageddon Clean Up
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  • By the numbers
    Start-to-live time: 2 hours
    Investment required: $7.99 (domain name)
    Visitors in first 12 hours: ~ 500 (Facebook)
    Visitors in first 48 hours: 33,000 (WashPost)
    Reports made: ~ 240
    Connections made: unknown (opportunity!)
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  • The next generation
    d
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  • A few “ah ha” moments
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  • Municipalities fend for themselves
    Open source solutions can help smaller governments by lowering total cost of ownership and barriers to entry
    Still requires forethought, planning
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  • Keep it simple, and fun
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  • Media + tech = huge outreach
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  • The first 24 hours are quiet
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  • You need the right tools for the job
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  • My core belief is reinforced
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  • Thanks!
    Ryan Ozimek
    PICnet, Inc.
    cozimek@picnet.net
    Twitter: @cozimek
    Feb 10, 2011
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