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Sahana Community Building in India


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Talk by Ajay Kumar at the Sahana Conference 2009, Colombo. Sri Lanka. March 24-25 2009.

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Sahana Community Building in India

  1. 1. Sahana Community Building in India Ajay Kumar Sahana Evangelist 24-03-2009, Sahana 2009
  2. 2. Agenda Sahana – Bihar Deployment by IBM India Requirements Deployment Information Lessons Learned Beginning of the Sahana – India community Efforts/Work done so far Approach followed Lessons learned Thinking Global, Acting Local Generating local clusters of Sahana community for the Global good. Ways to generate interest and contributions of and by the community 2
  3. 3. Bihar Floods 2008 3
  4. 4. Sahana Response Started by setting up a team from IBM Kolkata IBM India took over and expanded Evaluating Sahana & showcasing it to the State Government. Chief Sponsors – Secretary, IT, State of Bihar. Actively supported by the Sahana community members. 4
  5. 5. Requirements of the Bihar Scenario Initial Requirements: Tracking relief camps Tracking NGO's supporting operations Tracking relief material flow 5
  6. 6. Requirements of the Bihar Scenario Other Interests: Missing Person Registry Victim Tracking, with a view to capture impact & potentially compute compensation Donation Management 6
  7. 7. How did Sahana fit for the purpose? The needs match with the following modules with/without customizations: Organization Registry Disaster Victim Registry Missing Person Registry Shelter Registry Request Management System Possible New Modules: module to accept data entry according to the government data capture forms → Designed by IBM 7
  8. 8. How did it really go through? IBM Team does customizations, testing and trains the users around 15-20. The trained officials imparted training to authorized field collection officers identified by District Collectors. After a complete training and handover, government officials took care of data entry 8
  9. 9. How did it really go through? Government changed its collection approach Funded and authorized the officers in the field to collect the data, later to be entered in the system centrally. Data collection two of the five affected districts - Saharsa and Purnea. Central server at Patna, the capital. 9
  10. 10. Learning outcomes & Experience I am a student! I am an Indian! I am a FOSS enthusiast! I had contributed to Sahana! 10
  11. 11. Indian FOSS Community Source: Google OSPO Blog code.html 11
  12. 12. Indian FOSS Community Advocacy Localization INDIA Deployment Development Events Organizational Support 12
  13. 13. Conclusion “... global need, global community, global effort, global impact.” - Leslie Hawthorn, Program Manager, Google Summer of Code, Google Inc. 13
  14. 14. Special Thanks to Sunil Raghavan, IBM India for sharing his insights and experience from the Bihar deployment. Mark Prutsalis, Globaliist Inc. for sharing his experience on Sahana's history and how things work in the DM/EM Area. Leslie Hawthorn, OSPO, Google Inc. for sharing her views on community building. Sahana PMC, Board and the LSF for their constant support. 14
  15. 15. Thank You!! Ajay Kumar This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License by Ajay Kumar 15