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

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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.