A lot of CrisisCamp technical work happens in projects: sets of tasks to create or improve a crisis information tool, with a team, a project manager and a set of goals.
This page is currently under development. There are a bunch of links which reference to past efforts. We are currently in the process of gardening this projects wiki and establishing a Project Workgroup to guide how CrisisCommons will adopt projects and how CrisisCamps can train to and provide support for projects. To find out some of the past project efforts you can click to Project Statuses November 2010. Again this information is outdated and will be gardened into a permanent archive based on the events which they supported.
- To join the workgroup contact projects (at) crisiscommons.com
We welcome new members and are currently looking for 2 people to take on a leadership role for the Projects Workgroup!
Notes and Activities
Suggesting a CrisisCamp Project (This is an archive section to be updated)
If you have an idea for a CrisisCamp project, or are an NGO looking for technical assistance, please fill out the CrisisCommons Request Form. Include as many specifics on the form as you can, but at a minimum include contact information so we can talk to you about the project.
At this point, the project's status will be Proposed. The CrisisCamp coordinators will then look at the project forms and either approve the project or come back to you for more information.
When a project is approved, its status becomes New.
Starting Work on a CrisisCamp project (This is an archive section to be updated)
A CrisisCamp project starts when it gets a project manager.
This is someone who's responsible for keeping the team together, the end user involved and the project information up to date.
If you want to run a CrisisCamp project, check the projects list for a project without a project manager then follow the instructions here: How to Manage a CrisisCamp Project.
When a project gets a project manager, its status becomes Active.
Joining a CrisisCamp project (This is an archive section to be updated)
If you are here looking for something to do for CrisisCamp, these are the two places you need to look:
- The latest project statuses page (above)
- Actionable Tasks - what needs doing right now
You can also help us by adding your details to the Skills List so project managers can find people with the skills that they need.
What happens when the projects complete? (This is an archive section to be updated)
When a CrisisCamp project meets its goals, or it's no longer sensible to continue with the project (e.g. the crisis it was designed for has passed), its status is set to Closed.
Most projects create Tools (that we can use for future crises) or services (e.g. websites for people affected by disasters). We check these over every so often, using a Projects Taxonomy to see if we have what we need for CrisisCommons to respond to any future crises. This will often create new projects to improve the tools, and we're back to the start of the project cycle again.
Some projects will never reach their goals because they'll always need to be done; examples include wiki gardening and translation. We call these Evergreen projects - we manage these slightly differently, but we're always grateful for extra help on them.
Who's making up all these rules? (This is an archive section to be updated)
Sorry about all the instructions chaps. It's just that without a bit of structure, coordinating project teams that are spread out across the world can get a bit kinda messy. The projects list itself is managed by the Projects/SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) working group, led by Kate Chapman. This is open to contributions from everyone, through comments on the Projects/SDLC page, emails to the CrisisCommons Projects google group and weekly half-hour conference calls every Sunday morning.
Quick Links (This is an archive section to be updated)
If you know how CrisisCamp projects work, here are the links to previous efforts - again this is archive information and will be updated by April 10, 2011:
|Project Statuses November 2010||Actionable Tasks||CrisisCamp request form||How to Manage a CrisisCamp Project|
|Projects Master List||Requests||Completed projects||Projects Taxonomy|
|Projects Working Group||Tools||Skills List||Project list archives|