Crisiscamp haiti project history

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Documenting 1/16/10 events at CrisisCamps across the world for future write-up.

CrisisCamp Locations

Josh Folk (joshfolk@gmail.com), Cara Preston (cmprest1@gmail.com), Jess Weiss (jessweiss1@gmail.com), Eldra D. Walker


9:30am EST (DC) - Starting off the morning in the Sunlight Foundation's conference room. On speaker phone with a gentleman from United Nations about the conditions on the ground in Haiti and why what we are doing is important.

9:45am EST 9 (DC) - Clay Johnson is speaking to group about today's process. We have about 10 projects right now that need work. Each project will be assigned at least four people, maybe more. Those people will be 2 developers, a designer, and a project manager. Once the teams have been created they will be encouraged to find their own working space. The first step will be to start wire framing the project.

Every 55 minutes a project lead should be checking in with their team, determining what’s been done, and setting goals for the next 55 minutes. The goals that you set should be doable within those 55 minutes– good project managers will be able to set those priorities effectively so that developers and designers can keep a good sense of momentum happening in their projects.

"This is the only the beginning. We are the founders of this movement."

9:58am EST (DC) - Introducing projects and breaking into teams.

10:20am EST (DC) - Teams getting to work...we will continue documentation under each project's wiki page.

11:15am EST (DC) - First of several Project Manager meetings (which will be held every 55 minutes throughout the course of the day). Primary objective is for Project Managers to collaborate as the day progresses, noting objectives met and expressing areas of interest to best meet the needs of the groups.

12:29am EST (DC) - Happy hour at Nirvana (18th & K). Setting up a RSVP right now...

12:55pm EST (DC) - 2nd project manager "check-in" with Clay. Each manager went around to give a quick update on what their team is working on. Main concerns so far include setting up communication for other locations to collaborate and take-over projects. Next check-in at 3pm.

3:00pm EST (DC) - 3rd project manager "check-in" with Clay. Each project manager provided an update on the status of their project. All of the teams have made great progress and will spend the next hour and a half ramping up to hand off to the teams in LA and Boulder to continue. There is a conference call schedule at 5:30 with the West Coast teams for an official debrief and hand off.

5:00pm EST (DC) - 4th project manager "check-in" with Clay and the LA, Boulder and NY teams. DC team provided updates on where their projects stood. The remote teams also provided a status on their projects. All project managers in DC will update the Crisis Wiki before leaving and provide all information (including links/access) for a seamless transition.

5:30pm EST (DC) - Got all volunteers back together for one last time in the conference room. Each project manager went around to discuss what was accomplished today. Great day. Great effort.

CrisisCamp Top Ten Projects (click see individual project history)

I Need, I Have Exchange This project will create a "Craigslist" type of self-identified needs and requests by non-profits assisting in Haiti relief operations.

Port Au Prince Basemap This project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data points to create a base map for non-profits in need of current geospatial information.

Mapping NGOs in Action This project will be to gather contact information, social media data (i.e. Twitter feeds, blogs) to create an overview of relief assistance deployed to Haiti.

Languages & Translation This project is dedicated to exploring how technology can assist in language translation, transcription as well as provide persons with special needs abilities to better communicate and engage with relief assistance.

Mobile Applications 4 Crisis Response This project would create mobile phone applications which can assist in locating news, resources, language translation and visual communications tools.

NPR Crisis Wiki This project would assist National Public Radio to create a Crisis Wiki to share real time information in a collaborative space.

Family Reunification Systems This project will be focused on searching for cataloging missing persons databases and information pages, providing constructive suggestions for the[ [International Committee of the Red Cross FamilyLinks]] [1] website, [tagging news photos][2], [review of the People Finder Interchange Format][3] and document how to connect pictures.

TechAid This project is focused on building a collaboration tool to provide non-profit organizations with available volunteer technical assistance. This system should also be able to create Tech Action Teams which would be able to solve technical challenges.

Tweak the Tweet The University of Colorado at Boulder's Empowering the Public with Crisis Information program seeks to build a collaboration network to promote Tweet-friendly hashtag-based syntax to help direct Twitter communications for more efficient data extraction for those communicating about the Haiti earthquake disaster. Use only requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine parsable. Web Site: [4] [5]

The Haiti Timeline There is a great need to fully understand the progression of events, news, data, photos and video from the time of the earthquake through the recovery process. Ideally, this would be a wiki based approach to document series of events, types of data available and when actions occurred.