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Sahana : Case Studies (SahanaCamp 1.2)

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Sahana : Case Studies (SahanaCamp 1.2)

  1. 1. Sahana : Case Studies 3 November 2010, Sahana Camp Fran Boon & Michael Howden fran@sahanafoundation.org michael@sahanafoundation.org
  2. 2. Overview • Haiti Earthquake, January 2010 • Food Requests Portal • Pakistan Floods, July 2010 • Veracruz Cyclone, September 2010 • DRR Project Portal
  3. 3. Haiti, January 2010
  4. 4. Rapidly-changing requirements • Missing Person Registry • Mapping • Organization Registry • Hospital Management • Volunteer Registry • WFP: Food Request Portal
  5. 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. 6. PFIF
  7. 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. 8. Mapping • Texts from people trapped under the rubble were geolocated using these maps • 1st Responders were given coordinates for where to look & had the GPS basemaps
  9. 9. 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!
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Veracruz, September 2010
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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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