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International Day for Disaster Reduction at the World Bank

Disaster Risk Management in the Information Age

A joint training workshop by GICT, GFDRR, infoDev and LCSUW to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction

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In Stedd World Bank presentation

  1. 1. Collaboration in Disaster Response Problems, Methods, and Tools Eric Rasmussen, MD, MDM, FACP
  2. 3. We create free and open-source software for collaboration toward collective action. We then teach other people how to create it for themselves.
  3. 4. In our opinion, collaboration , in humanitarian action is THE critical task Refugee management Cholera outbreak Katrina response
  4. 5. Questions in disaster response… <ul><li>What information isn’t getting to those who need it? </li></ul>Which groups should be making more decisions together? What field reports and alerts should come faster? Which systems need to share information?
  5. 6. The answers to those questions reveal challenges: <ul><li>Cultural acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Geo-referenced imagery </li></ul><ul><li>Languages and translation </li></ul><ul><li>Unreliable communications </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal Essential Data Sets </li></ul><ul><li>Complex System Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Formal Decision Support </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid Assessment Consolidation </li></ul><ul><li>Emergent Strategic Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidating Human-Animal-Environmental health impact </li></ul>
  6. 7. We think this is what collaboration requires…
  7. 8. Collaboration tools assessment <ul><li>Problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agencies can’t (or won’t) communicate effectively in crisis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requirements for the technical problem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software that is effective, free, standards-based, easy to use, sustainable, measurable, and thoroughly interoperable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be considered with WHO, UNICEF, MoH, UCLA, OCHA, UNOSAT, ISDR, Relief Web and many more… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development (at least at InSTEDD) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We’ve built four free and open-source tools as prototypes for improved collaboration in crisis. They fill gaps we perceived. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>beta evaluation in progress with all four in Southeast Asia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>( fifth will appear on the web Tuesday ) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Contact me about anything [email_address]

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