by Matt Ball, Spatial Sustain, on October 17, 2011
Letitia Long, director of the National Geospatial-Information Agency, demonstrated a number of applications that they have developed to deal with their humanitarian assistance mission. … With the applications, the first responder can zoom into the area of interest and see both before and after imagery. The application can serve the equivalent of 6,000 pages per hour on the mobile device. …
For full text of the article, visit NGA Deploys Apps for Humanitarian Aid Mission | Spatial Sustain.
Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Thursday, September 22, 2011; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch Live from the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC! As part of the World Bank’s 2011 Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, The World Bank will host a discussion with leading members of the civil society, open government, open development communities to discuss a new “Open Development Agenda,” in which individuals are empowered to create better solutions for development issues. The session will begin with an overview of Open Development, its implications for development partners, and how this move toward greater openness in data and knowledge is changing the entire development paradigm. It will include a lively moderated conversation on the opportunities presented by open data, open knowledge, and open solutions and how these relate to development challenges and aid effectiveness. Topics will include: What are the potential limitations of “open”? How can we draw on knowledge, learning, and innovation from a much wider pool of “solvers” and donor resources? Participants will also have an opportunity to see new mobile apps and the updated Mapping for Results portal. The session will close with an open dialogue, where participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and feedback on the changing roles of the private sector, civil society organizations, and governments in making development more effective.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation Comes of Age (mt-soft.com.ar)
- NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
University Of Maryland Professor Helps Digitize Disaster Relief
by Sabri Ben-Achour, WAMU 88.5
April 21, 2011 – The earthquake in Japan wrought massive destruction in that country, and part of the humanitarian need there — and in any disaster — is the need for information. Now, a group of volunteers from around the globe, including one local professor, are working to make sure that in the future responders and refugees might help and be helped as fast as possible. At his desk at the University of Maryland, Professor Hiroyuki Iseki has a Google map of post-earthquake Japan up on his screen. … Iseki says there were able to locate public phones, charging stations, food supplies, water distribution centers and locations accepting evacuees. He says the data comes from people driving in the field, who then use smart phones to upload information to the Internet. …
It’s an experiment — an attempt to show what emergency response might look like in the future. Heather Blanchard is co-founder of Crisis Commons, a group she calls a “volunteer technology community.” Her group commissioned the map Iseki worked on. …
For full text of the article, visit University Of Maryland Professor Helps Digitize Disaster Relief – News – WAMU 88.5 FM – American University Radio.
For more information about Crisis Commons, visit: http://crisiscommons.org/
- Mapping, Geolocation and the Future of Scalable Disaster Response (readwriteweb.com)
By Steve Lohr, NYT, March 28, 2011
…a new report says that the potential of online mapping to transform humanitarian services will not be realized without better coordination and communication between digital volunteers and veteran agencies in the relief field, like the United Nations and the Red Cross. The report, “Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies,” is a collaboration of four groups — the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Vodafone Foundation and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. It will be presented Monday at an international aid and development meeting in Dubai.
For full text of the article, visit In Relief Work, Online Mapping Yet to Attain Full Potential – NYTimes.com.
- How Mapping, SMS Platforms Saved Lives in Haiti Earthquake (pbs.org)
- Aid Organizations Hold Back on Japan (online.wsj.com)