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OpenCrisis Townhall Meeting 23rd January 2014

What’s This?

Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall

Date: 23rd January 2014

Agenda: a roundup of what we’ve been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.

Last month: 20 December 2014 minutes

What’s Happened?

Past month: Deployments

 

  • What: South Sudan crisis

    • who:  HOT OSM, GISCorps, Ushahidi, OpenCrisis (unofficially)

    • where:  South Sudan

    • what:  OpenCrisis set up coordination skypechat and googledoc (http://bit.ly/1f9C457) for groups mapping the South Sudan crisis. HOT OSM has mapped several affected areas, in collaboration with UNITAR/UNOSAT, HIU (State Dept)  with assistance from GIScorps and, for area identification, OpenCrisis (BOH). Info4Disasters helped Internews develop an inventory and overview of local media and social media. Ushahidi set up southsudanwatch.ushahidi.com, but this initiative was stopped almost immediately after Christmas (possibly because of security concerns? – BOH). DHN call went out later for mapping in South Sudan  (to be carried out later in the year?) – Joseph shared the OpenCrisis googledoc with SBTF, to avoid duplication of effort.

    • Deployment dates:  24th December – continuing (contact Brendan or Sara)

 

  • What: Central African Republic crisis

    • who:  HOT OSM

    • where:  CAR

    • what:  HOT has been doing a lot of mapping – both settlements and infrastructure, since the crisis began

    • Deployment dates:  HOT has been active for CAR/RCA for over a year, but this activity has intensified since mid-late December 2013

 

  • Events with monitoring but not deployments:

    • USA cold.

    • Kyiv (Kiev) demonstrations – concern and willingness to map seen online, but no deployments as yet.

 

Past month: Activities

 

  • OpenGoodHacks

    • who: RHOK, Geeklist, Pat, Sara

    • what: Helped RHOK, Geeklist etc.with naming and creating a central neutral space for listing hackathons for good. Thea Clay is spearheading.

    • where: online

    • when: 22nd January 2014

 

  • Accademics

    • who: Joseph

    • what: Creating discussions spaces for academics in crisismapping (to discuss grant opportunities, create online course etc) and the SBTF (to improve SBTF training). The idea with Accademics is to enlarge the group by posting on the crisismappers googlegroup, and to create courses that we can offer credits for – together, creating joint courses; creating research consortiums and getting ideas flowing between top researchers.

    • where: online

    • when: January 2014 – continuing

 

Other activities:

  • Info4 and SBTF have partnered – Info4 will be the provider of ET/HR activities to SBTF.

  • OpenCrisis incorporation: OpenCrisis is now incorporated as a nonprofit in New Jersey, USA.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

  • OpenCrisis platforms: Long discussions about platform choices, all of which included some form of WordPress site. OpenCrisis.org is being migrated to a wordpress site, to give more community members an easy way to contribute writings about crisismapping.  The original Drupal site remains at opencrisis.com and opencrisis.net; other platform choices remain (but are wider now that OC is incorporated, e.g. we can ask Confluence for a wiki like wiki.ushahidi.com).

  • OpenCrisis calendar http://opencrisis.org/calendar/ created – this is for the entire crisis mapping community – not just OpenCrisis. Anybody who participates in the OpenCrisis discussion space can (or should be able to..if not, ping Brendan) enter events on it.

News, Announcements etc

AOB

  • Next TownHall meeting: 14th February 2014.   TownHalls are on the second Friday of every month (formerly Wednesdays), at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT unless otherwise stated.  Townhalls for 2014 are: 17th January, 14th February, 14th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December.

  • GDELT, the conflict data warehouse, has closed. This is a massive loss to our community (it’s a legal fight about ownership between the GDELT team and uni). And something we should fight to stop happening across the rest of our domain. If we have data, we should work on open licenses for it. GDELT, the huge datastore of everything conflict related, has closed. Apparently conflict between those who ran it and the university that was hosting it, and lending its datastore (may be significantly more complicated than that, judging from legal files associated with this fight…). NB recent new standard on data licenses just came out.

  • Andy Gimma has started digital humanitarian tools training in new york – first session is 25th january 2014 – https://www.facebook.com/events/569211419828560/

  • DHN meetup in Boston on 25th january 2014 too. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dhnetwork-meetup-boston-tickets-9936047987?utm_campaign=order_confirm&ref=eemailordconf&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname

  • CDAC network report on SMEM is out: http://www.cdacnetwork.org/public/resource/101-seminar-report-social-media-emergencies

  • The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) is now providing an additional service: Overview of ongoing satellite mapping events.This service provides a short overview of the identified ongoing satellite mapping activities related to humanitarian disasters. It is intended for disaster managers, operations centres, desk officers and others that need syntheses of what goes on in this field. The service is operated by the GDACS mapping & satellite imagery coordination mechanism: UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). See http://portal.gdacs.org/Portals/1/GDACS_SatMapOverview_01_4Jan2014.pdf

 

What do we need to do?

Last month’s plan

  • Sara to make list of all the people and groups who email her about crisismapping (ongoing)

  • Platform discussion (DONE)

  • Incorporation discussion (DONE)

Needs

  • Blogposts for the new website – please write them!

 

Next month’s plan

  • Create agenda for next month (use template)

  • Sara to make list of all the people and groups who email her about crisismapping

  • Launch new opencrisis.org site on Saturday 25th January… continue to populate this, and explore complementary platform options.

  • Sara – write a page about open data licenses and how to do them right

  • Lillian to write blogpost about the maze of finding open data in Thailand

  • Brendan writing blogpost about ‘Geolocation in context’

  • Rose – summary of verification handbook? Verification Handbook with guidelines to verify digital, user generated content.  Will have guidelines, tools, checklist, etc. Supposed to be released January 2014 (sometime this month), freely available.  Will write summary (REM)

  • Sara – post about open data cambodia (but only with permission from team)

  • Sara – run training session on open data.

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OpenCrisis Townhall meeting 20th December 2013

What’s This?

Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall

Date: 20th December 2013

Agenda: a roundup of what we’ve been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.

Last month: November 13th 2013 minutes.

 

What’s Happened?

Past month: Deployments

Big news this month was the Yolanda typhoon across the Philippines. Mapping work there is still ongoing for HOT OSM, MapAction, DRL and newer/smaller mapping groups.

 

  • What: Typhoon Yolanda

    • who:  DHN (SBTF, HOT, MapAction etc), Geeklist, and pretty much every aid agency on the planet.

    • where:  Philippines

    • what:  Various map creation, list creation etc tasks. Bert Brugghemans doing field research with Disaster Resilience Lab.  Sahana Eden deployment for matching donations to requests by agencies.

    • Deployment dates:  November 2013-ongoing.

 

  • What: Media mapping in Philippines

    • who:  Info4Disasters

    • where:  Philippines

    • what:  Creating lists of active media across the Philippines for Internews.

    • Deployment dates:  13th November 2013-.

 

  • What: UK/Netherlands storm surge event

    • who:  Jus Mckinnon (UK) / Netherlands

    • where:  UK and Netherlands

    • what:  Monitoring twitter feeds as unusual storm tide approached East Coast UK and Netherlands (both low-lying areas). UK spreadsheet and instructions; UK ushahidi page.

    • Deployment dates:  5th December 2013.

  • Events with monitoring but not deployments:

    • .

 

Past month: Activities

 

  • Humanitarian Data Project

    • who: Gabriele Almon et al

    • what: plan to create a repository of crisis datasets from lists by Karen Payne et al. OC (Sara/Pat) wrote code to port existing google spreadsheet data into CKAN instance datahub.io… look for the “HDP” organisation in it.

    • where: skypechat (ask Luis, Sara, Gabriele, Hemant, Joseph, Brendan to get in)

    • when: ongoing

 

  • Actionable Needs Project

    • who: Hemant Purohit leading

    • what: seems to have gone quiet (will ping Hemant and see if still ongoing – BOH)

 

  • Wikimapia API

    • who: Svend-Jonas Schelhorn investigating

    • what: Wikimapia API seems to work, with some minor questions left (e.g. does it contain all the data that’s visible on-screen). (that’s kinda a big question!! BOH).

    • Biggest problem perhaps is limit on no. of results that can be thrown out from api (BOH)

 

  • RHOK

    • Supported RHOK DC and RHOK Southampton, including linking them up with Philippines-based teams.

 

Other activities:

  • Talk on crisismapping given to DataKind NYC meetup (Sara).

  • OpenCrisis applied to the Digital Humanitarian Network. No response (or acknowledgement) seen since.

  • GIS and Geolocation section added to the OpenCrisis “book” (http://www.opencrisis.org/gisandgeolocation)

  • Rebuilt OpenCrisis.org website front-end.

  • 4th December was Eliana Zemmer’s birthday. Eliana Day has now happened on the 4th of every month since we heard about her death.

  • DisasterNet weekly roundups look interesting (Brandon Greenberg) – worth looking at? http://disasternet.co/newsletter/

  • New SBTF core team – congratulations to everyone who applied for and now have posts in the SBTF core team.  Work well, guys!

 

News, Announcements etc

AOB

  • Next TownHall meeting: 17th January 2014.   TownHalls are on the second Friday of every month (formerly Wednesdays), at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT unless otherwise stated.  Townhalls for 2014 are: 17th January, 14th February, 14th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December.

  • Drupal site – is it working for us?  Would a wordpress + wiki work better?  Features needed include easy to search, usable for both visitors and contributors, easy to manage. What we’ve done to date is a) maintain skype and online alerts about new deployments, b) kept logs of crisismapping activity month-by-month, c) written advice sheets about various aspects of crisismapping, d) mentored other crisismapping teams, and e) generally acted as glue between established and establishing crisismapping groups, with a particular emphasis on data-related service.  Our best role seems to be as a connector between users, builders etc. and information service about what’s out there etc.

  • Incorporation. OC incorporation in New Jersey is going slowly, but it will happen. Also need to think about structure and incorporation options.

  • Going to meetings as “Open Crisis”.  Please do – we work under “commander’s intent” – e.g. you do what you think is sensible, nobody takes the piss, and if we’re not sure about something, we ask each other for advice.

 

What do we need to do?

Last month’s plan

Needs

  • Long discussion about OC incorporation. will have a separate OC meeting about this… Brendan setting up Doodle for it (DONE)

  • Long discussion about OC platform – needs, and suitable platform alternatives. Brendan setting up Doodle for it. (DONE)

 

Next month’s plan

  • Sara to make list of all the people and groups who email her about crisismapping.

  • Platform discussion.

  • Incorporation discussion.

OpenCrisis Townhall 13th November 2013

What’s This?

Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall

Date: 13th November 2013

Agenda: a roundup of what we’ve been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.

Last month: 14th October 2013 minutes

What’s Happened?

This townhall was held midway through Typhoon Yolanda mapping and monitoring.  It was a bit rushed, everyone was exhausted and several people had to rush off to another Yolanda-related meeting at the end.

Past month: Deployments

  •   Australia bushfires – Tomnod tagging burnt buildings, active fires etc
  • India typhoon – Hemant team finding data for use in google crisismap
  • UKStorm – Portsmouth university team populating a crisismap
  • Typhoon Yolanda, Philippines.  Still ongoing. DigitalHumanitarianNetwork populating crisismaps (SBTF, Micromappers, Translators Without Borders, ESRI, GIScorps, Statistics Without Borders); HOT OSM producing basemaps; Svend-Jonas and team mapping celltower outages; Tomnod mapping damage, VISOV running crisismap on facebook data, Rebecca Goolsby et al tracking hashtags; forgot to add Knoe.si.s to the DHN list above; Rappler mapping celltower signals; Heidelburg uni producing maps inc elements at risk; nobody getting much sleep since last Thursday.  Geekli.st hackathon needs help trimming out the projects-we’ve-seen-before from their things-to-do list (OC has linked them to SBTF and RHOK – Pat helping with this).  Google Crisismap – not sure who’s providing the data for it. Om keeping lists of active deployments, active projects, maps, volunteer project opportunities, sources, what’s needed etc at http://opencrisis.org/typhoon-yolanda

NB. people who’ve worked deployments, and *especially* people who’ve worked in the field should be persuaded to engage with them, to get things that are relevant and needed built.

News, Announcements etc

AOB

Coming up in the next month:

  • ICCM: is anyone thinking of having a “stay-at-home” party to watch the video stream for this?
  • Digital Humanitarian Summit right after ICCM.
  • UN SPIDER is coming up with final recommendations for best practices this month (Rose to add to library)

OpenCrisis Townhall 14th October 2013

What’s This?
Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall
Date: 14th October 2013
Agenda: a roundup of what we’ve been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.
Who: Sara Terp, Brendan O’Hanrahan
Last month: Minutes from last month’s townhall meeting (11th September 2013)

What’s Happened?
Past month: Deployments

What: India Typhoon (Phailin)
who: Hemant Purohit leading
where: India, Eastern states
what: collecting online data to feed into Google crisis map. Humanity Road are also monitoring online feeds.
Deployment dates: 2013-10-11 – still in progress

What: Cameroon Election monitoring
who: Jean Brice Tetka (Social Innovation for Development Lab), Municipal and legislative Elections Cameroon 2013 – Observation Platform
where: Cameroon
what: crisismapping help for monitoring Cameroon Elections.
Deployment dates: 2013-09-30

What: Tomnod for Colorado floods
who: Tomnod
where: Colorado, USA
what:
Deployment dates: 2013-09-17 – ?

What: Balochistan Earthquake (Pakistan)
who: DHN (HR, SBTF)
where: Balochistan, Pakistan
what: monitoring of social and mainstream media; trial of Micromappers by SBTF (Tweetclicker and Imageclicker – and AIDR- writeup on results here) with QCRI, knoesis.org
Deployment dates: 2013-09-24 to 2013-09-26
Events with monitoring but not deployments:
Westgate attacks, Nairobi, 2013-09-22. Anahi Ayala and team monitored at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kstc4KwpYfd25chqpwu3Gbu4anzI-XgNkhuWKeNHGQ0/edit
Super Typhoon Usagi, Hong Kong/Macau, 2013-09-20 – monitored, but didn’t need deployment. http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/09/19/super-typhoon-usagi-strongest-storm-of-2013-may-strike-hong-kong-sunday/
Sudan protests, 2013-09-25 to . Abena crowdmap set up by Sudanese opposition activists, both in-country and abroad. Brendan, Helena, om involved with Abeer, Mohammed Hashim Saleh.

Past month: Activities

IAEM13 social media exercise
who: Mary Jo Flynn from VOST is leading.
what: preparation for a social media monitoring exercise as part of IAEM
where: online
when: 26-31 October 2013.

Humanitarian Data Project
who: led by Luis Capelo and Gabriele Almon
what: plan to create a repository of crisis datasets from lists by Karen Payne et al. Sara setting up a CKAN instance as part of this.
where: skypechat (ask Luis, Sara, Gabriele, Hemant, Joseph, to get in)
when: ongoing

Actionable Needs Project
who: Hemant Purohit leading
what: collection of data needs that could be met by automation. Help needed to find crisis deployment data (especially raw data from ushahidi instances) for analysis – see Joseph if you have this.
where: Skypechat, googledocs (ask Hemant, Joseph, Sara, Brendan to join). https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xaSUhB7hnJSYVATAzm3z0VrGmaTzKIlStSSeRo5c5AQ/edit https://docs.google.com/a/knoesis.org/document/d/1xaSUhB7hnJSYVATAzm3z0VrGmaTzKIlStSSeRo5c5AQ/edit https://www.evernote.com/shard/s34/sh/8d78b85d-6045-4f08-be6c-ddbbfb66cdab/f09411fb16fce6d2006e7686fb9ebbb1/res/713ad151-987f-45f4-85e2-6ba7bb01f0fa/Decision%20Makers%20Needs%20Workshop%20Report%20-%20Oct%202013.pdf
when: ongoing (monthly meetings)

SBTF working groups
who: SBTF
what: reorganising SBTF via groups A-E.
where: online
when: all month.

SBTF trial of micromappers
who: SBTF (ask Brendan)
what: Tested out ‘clickers’ on Balochistan data.
where: online.
when: September 2013.

Other activities:
Created “crisismappers announce” page http://opencrisis.org/crisismappersannounce to start mapping out how non-group crisis deployments could start.

News, Announcements etc
AOB
Next TownHall meeting: 13th November 2013. TownHalls are on the second Wednesday of every month, at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT unless otherwise stated. Remaining townhalls for 2013 are: 13th November, 11th December.
US govt shutdown has affected several data sites used by crisismappers, including data.gov and NASA.
Intro to visualisation class at http://open.journalismcourses.org/ might be useful.
Readings from Sara’s lecture series on system design are here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KqlC3DIeY1JU41gzTGXfCg0N3Zd-_jF3r7qvQd5jgmg/edit
Rose posted link to Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices; September 3, 2013. Link: http://www.un-spider.org/about/publication/value-geoinformation-disaster-and-risk-management-valid
Crisismappers Announce chatroom seems to be working… small volume of messages, and several deployments announcing themselves in there. If you haven’t joined it yet, think about it!

What do we need to do?
Last month’s plan
Ongoing. Sara: run a “writing an ignite talk” training session. Run it. Progress: wrote blogpost on this. Now need to get on with the training sessions.
ICCM submissions: If you haven’t put a submission in for a lightning talk, why not? It’s 5 minutes, and we can help you with it.
ICCMxVirtual: an idea to run a ‘virtual’ ICCM – with talk submissions by video, and community votes on which talks are streamed, with author Q&A afterwards. Sara discussed with PatrickM, who’s supportive of the idea, and suggested VirtualICCM date in Spring 2014.
Ongoing. Analysis of lessons learnt – see OC tasks list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AikmHjO1VwoddHM3RllycllVZHhKUlZpZExNX0NLY1E) for who’s doing which event. It’s okay to do this slowly, s’long as it continues to be done. Look at Andrej report on effectiveness of crisismapping for help. Also http://www.research.ihub.co.ke/uploads/2013/march/1363674156__133.pdf
Instructions on how to engage – continue. Add UNOCHA reports on this – Done.
Ongoing. Investigate opencrisis.com theming issues. Katherine: help?

Needs
Intro to Drupal training – to get more people contributing to the OC site!
Next month’s plan
Plan out ICCMxVirtual needs: technology, organisation, dates, training, marketing etc.
Ongoing. Analysis of lessons learnt – see OC tasks list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AikmHjO1VwoddHM3RllycllVZHhKUlZpZExNX0NLY1E) for who’s doing which event. It’s okay to do this slowly, s’long as it continues to be done.
Ongoing. Investigate opencrisis.com theming issues. Katherine: help?
Intro to Drupal training: plan this
Om will discuss using Sahana Eden for our site informational/data needs

OpenCrisis Townhall 11th September 2013

Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall
Date: 11th September 2013
Agenda: a roundup of what we’ve been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.
In: Leesa, Sara, Katherine

Minutes from last month’s townhall meeting (14th August 2013)
Special: 9/11 day
It’s 9/11 today… lot of people in this community aren’t at their best today. Our hugs go out to them.
Last month’s plan
Open Humanitarian Initiative workdays – Sara attending virtually, working on distributed Ushahidi and datasets.
Analysis of lessons learnt – see OC tasks list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AikmHjO1VwoddHM3RllycllVZHhKUlZpZExNX0NLY1E) for who’s doing which event. It’s okay to do this slowly, s’long as it continues to be done. Pretty much everyone was busy this month… moving to next month’s plan.
Recent Andrej report on effectiveness might be helpful here.
Write instructions on how to engage – Sara and Leesa drafting, with Donna proofing and eyeballs and help from all. http://opencrisis.org/engagingemergencyorgs#overlay-context=user/1
Crisis templates – Om continuing to work on these. Brendan happy to provide extra eyes. Om and Katherine working on these after the meeting.

Past month: activities

OHI Code Sprint event
Who: Sara
When: 9-13 September 2013 (still ongoing)
Virtual: http://gwob.org/the-open-humanitarian-initiative-code-sprint/ twitter irc
Details: At ESRI (near DC) and Aston UK.

Skype/Ning/Google members list code:
Done at last… handed over to SBTF (code combines the members lists from skype, ning and google so you can see who you have in a team)

Suggested a ‘virtual’ stream at ICCM.
Reconsidered – a virtual ICCMxvirtual might be more effective.
Plan: to get people to submit videos for it, and have the crowd vote on which ones they want to see at a ‘conference’… then the conference day will be the videos being streamed, with a Q&A session with each author afterwards. All online.
OC could also provide help with creating videos… do masterclasses on creating an ignite talk, encourage people to submit, talk together about what each of could put in, and allow editing up to a submission deadline.
We could have lots of video talks, and 6-8 ‘live’ sessions.
In: Om, Sara
Paper references list
Created opencrisis.org/devdatamedia to collect up references library references.

Past month: Deployments

Sudan Floods:
who:
where:
what:
Deployment dates:

Events with monitoring but not deployments:
Typhoon Utor: http://www.gulf-times.com/mobile//asean-philippines/188/details/362597/strongest-typhoon-of-the-year-comes-ashore
VOST Fire Season

Needs
Cameroon Elections Looking for general crisismapping help (leesa can help)
Tweeting this for ERC: “Please sign, post, change tags, ADD tags…
Make #Twitter STOP jailing lifesaving #1stAid4 & disaster info! #SMEM Sign petition@ http://chn.ge/17yMyoC”
DHN working groups have call for members on their pages, but not sure if this need is live. http://digitalhumanitarians.com/communities/impact-evaluation and http://digitalhumanitarians.com/communities/decision-makers-needs
Katherine: trying to figure out a way I could bring needs based on my access to public media that I come across here at my job … if anyone wants to collaborate with me on that … ? Om interested.

Next month’s plan
Sara: run a “writing an ignite talk” training session. Run it.
ICCM submissions: If you haven’t put a submission in for a lightning talk, why not? It’s 5 minutes, and we can help you with it.
ICCMxVirtual: an idea to run a ‘virtual’ ICCM – with talk submissions by video, and community votes on which talks are streamed, with author Q&A afterwards.
Analysis of lessons learnt – see OC tasks list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AikmHjO1VwoddHM3RllycllVZHhKUlZpZExNX0NLY1E) for who’s doing which event. It’s okay to do this slowly, s’long as it continues to be done. Look at Andrej report on effectiveness of crisismapping for help. Also http://www.research.ihub.co.ke/uploads/2013/march/1363674156__133.pdf
Instructions on how to engage – continue. Add UNOCHA reports on this.
Investigate opencrisis.com theming issues.

AOB
Next TownHall meeting: 9th October 2013. TownHalls are on the second Wednesday of every month, at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT unless otherwise stated. Remaining townhalls for 2013 are: 9th October, 13th November, 11th December.

OpenCrisis Townhall 14th August 2013

Meeting: OpenCrisis TownHall
Date: 14th August 2013
Agenda: a roundup of what we’d been doing and deployments we’ve heard about in the past month; a check on what groups and people needed; and a vague plan for the coming month.

Past month: activities

Catalytic Converter event

  • Who: Om/Sara/Dhairya
  • When: 9-11 August 2013
  • Details: Om, Dhairya and Sara all attended, as did John Crowley (now World Bank), Dave Warner (“beer for data” Dave), Willow (well she had to attend because she was organising it) and lots and lots of other friends of crisismapping too!
    The first day, Saturday, we ran a session talking about OpenCrisis, with 3 questions: 1) should we do this, 2) what should we do, and 3) what do people need. It’s a pretty strong “yes” on number 1, although we went through lots of discussion about how crisismapping groups should connect into the main system too… 2) was pretty much “what we’ve already starting doing”, e.g. keeping people informed about techniques, groups, what’s going on etc; and 3) see under 2).
    The second day, Dhairya ran a session creating a “playbook” for setting up technology and stuff to get a local crisismapping group started – then put it into practice by starting Crisismappers Boston. I ended up in a coding team, adapting Ushahidi so it could work across a whole set of interconnected sites, e.g. one per town etc, and building all the automatic mechanisms to have them sharing data whenever they got connectivity – doing this means a) it’s possible to add Ushahidi to the data systems that are being created by the Open Humanitatian Insitute specifically for use by responders in disasters, and b) it’s possible to build an Ushahidi system that *won’t* fall over if the main datasite dies. There were also a whole pile of useful connections made, often involving beer.

OSCON event

  • Who: Sara
  • When: July 24th 2013
  • Details: Sara represented OpenCrisis on an all-star panel of digital humanitarians at the OSCON open source event. We now have a standing offer from SocialCoding4Good to list OpenCrisis when it’s ready for primetime viewing.

Disaster Stress

  • Lots of articles on digital humanitarians and PTSD this month (including one by Leesa).

OC website

  • Om creating a template for events, and adding page for Khartoum floods responses

Info4Disasters country workbooks

  • Info4Disasters started creating pre-populated workbooks for at-risk countries.

Past month: Deployments

Sudan Floods – Imagery (just activated)

  • Sudan Floods – HOT OSM tasks 289, 292, 293; assistance with mapping, data analysis
  • Location: Sudan (Khartoum)
  • For: Nafeer (local community volunteer organisation)
  • Leads: Séverin Menard, Brendan O’Hanrahan (unofficial)
  • Details: Sudan Floods HOT activation wiki, Sudan Floods resources repository
  • Active: unknown

VOST -Owyee fire

  • Location: USA
  • For:
  • Lead: VOST
  • Details:
  • Active:

Events with monitoring but not deployments:

  • New Zealand: Wellington Earthquake
  • Philippines: Typhoon Utor

Needs

  • Book module in OpenCrisis website (Om) – already in OpenCrisis.com
  • Drupal template for crisis pages (see also http://opencrisis.com/india_floods_2013) – Om is creating.
  • Info4Disasters needs help populating its Global EOCs – contact is Leesa
  • Instructions on how to engage emergency orgs (FEMA, RC, EOC’s etc.), stating their hierarchy and where civilians interface (Om)
  • Analysis of lessons learnt from previous crisis (Sara)

Next month’s plan

  • Open Humanitarian Initiative workdays, Boston, – Sara attending, working on distributed Ushahidi and datasets.
  • Analysis of lessons learnt – see OC tasks list (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AikmHjO1VwoddHM3RllycllVZHhKUlZpZExNX0NLY1E) for who’s doing which event. It’s okay to do this slowly, s’long as it continues to be done.
  • Write instructions on how to engage – Sara and Leesa drafting, with Donna proofing and eyeballs and help from all.
  • Crisis templates – Om continuing to work on these. Brendan happy to provide extra eyes.

AOB

  • Next TownHall meeting: 11th September 2013. TownHalls are on the second Wednesday of every month, at 12pm EST / 5pm GMT unless otherwise stated. Remaining townhalls for 2013 are: 11th September, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December.