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About the Event

How to Participate:

  1. http://seattlecrisiscamp2.eventbrite.com/
  2. Show up at King County Regional Communications and Emergency Coordination Center. 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056.

Organizers:

  1. Melody Sheldon melody-s@live.com
  2. Pascal Schuback pascal@Schuback.com


Location:

King County Office of Emergency Management
3511 NE 2nd Street
Renton, WA 98056.
(Behind King County/Renton District Court Building.

Media:

Follow us on twitter at @crisiscampSEA


hash tag #crisiscampSEA

SPONSORS

Garlic Jims
King County Office of Emergency Management

Schedule

See Agenda.

Online Resources

Google Groups http://groups.google.com/group/crisiscampsea
Follow local efforts on: @crisiscampSEA
IRC://irc.rhok.net/#ccsea (see Chat space information)
  • If you are using an IRC browser plugin (eg FireFox Chatzilla), copy the irc url above into your browser
  • If you are using a dedicated IRC client, configure irc.rhok.net as a server and add #ccsea as a channel
  • If you are using the IRC client server http://irc.rhok.net/ (requires Flash), enter /join #ccsea (or select #ccsea from List channels)

Projects

RSS Feed Challenge

Jan 23 and Feb 6 Camps

Project Twitter hashtag: #ccrssa

At the request of the United Nations Development Program, CrisisCommons has been asked to provide an exhaustive list of RSS feeds (English and in French to aid in their ability to have greater situational awareness, news and information.

Project Manager- Pascal Schuback pascal@schuback.com

CrisisWiki.org

Jan 23 Camp

Project Twitter hashtag: #cccw

Updating internationalisation information on the http://www.crisiswiki.org CrisisWiki is a editable directory of resources related to disaster response and emergency preparedness. Initially focusing on Haiti-related information, the wiki is being designed so that it can easily expand to address future disasters, as well as collect important local, state, national and international emergency preparedness resources before a disaster strikes.

  • Some issues: there are multiple ways to add information and all lead to different paths. Request for a single hub to update all information. It seems that there may need to be a waiting period for everybody to get comfortable before someone needs to say "GO."

Project Manager- Nick Anderson nicka@u.washington.edu

  • Wiki Link: Crisis_Wiki
  • Project Lead: Andy Carvin, NPR, @acarvin
  • Tech lead: Jeff Mace, @jeffmace

Haiti Hospital Capacity Finder

Jan 23 Camp

Project Twitter hashtag: #cchhcf

Members of the Haitian community have requested an application or tool where there is real time data regarding capacities of local hospitals. There are many hospitals outside of PaP who are under capacity and could be used. http://haiti.sahanafoundation.org

  • Some issues: need to get access to development site. Also hoping to be assigned some sub-projects.

Project Manager- Paul Dunn pauldunn@cisco.com

SahanaPy

Feb 6 Camp

SahanaPy is the Python port of Sahana, a free, open-source, web-based suite of tools for disaster information management.


Project Manager - Pat Tressel ptressel@myuw.net


Haiti Base Mapping

Jan 23 and Feb 6 Camp

Project Twitter hashtag: #cchbm

This ongoing project will provide new geospatial perspectives and data points to create a base map for non-profits in need of current geospatial information. See: http://openstreetmap.org

A week ago the maps of the entire country of Haiti had little more than a few highways and roads. The capital city of Port-au-Prince was a shaded outline that suggested a city. The problem was that Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, had been ignored by traditional commercial data providers. No one could afford a GPS, so why build digital maps of roads or buildings?

Read what happens next here Haiti Open Street Map about the response from CrisisCommons.

  • Some issues: The first challenge was understanding the product and integrating the OSM with the Haiti Project. We scheduled in a conference call but would like more project coordination as a whole.

Project Manager Jan 23- Michael Lane micahel-lane@msn.com Project Manger Feb 6 - Lynn Koehler lynn.keohler@gmail.com

Agenda

9:00-9:30am

Check-in Record roles

9:30-10:30am

Decide on projects

11:30am

Working on three projects:

Sahana - 2 people. -Productively engaged. Project Manager - Pat Tressel ptressel@myuw.net

Open Street Map - Haiti Basemap - 4 people - productively engaged. Project Manager - Lynn Koehler lynn.koehler@gmail.com


RSS Feed - 2 people. One person worked on the project previously. One other person is new to the project and arrived at the camp within the last hour and is getting up to speed. Project Manager- Pascal Schuback pascal@schuback.com

12:30-1:00pm

Lunch (sponsored by Garlic Jims)

1:00-3:00pm

Groups on conference calls with all CrisisCamp project leads. Continue adding content to wiki page (main and Seattle)

3:00-3:30pm

Check-in with each group on status. Take notes.

3:30-4:00pm

Groups continue to do work. Update wiki page.

4:30-5:00pm

Settle down

5:00pm

Clean-up Finish.


Organizer observations from Feb 6 CrisisCamp

Nine people are participating in the Camp. We are currently working on the OSM, Sahana, and RSS Feed projects.

Organizer observations from Jan 23 CrisisCamp

We had a good group of people who came motivated and ready to work. There was a very diverse set of skills.

WiFi needs to be very good, we had some issues with insufficient bandwidth. The mapping projects in particular require a lot of bandwidth.

Getting project teams working across multiple cities was very difficult. It would be helpful for the lead city of a project to estabish communication protocols for the project, and stick with the protocol throughout the day. IRC and Twitter didn't work very well. The best approach was tracking down phone numbers (which was a challenge) and having project managers talk on the phone. One Seattle project manager suggested that a scheduled conference call for each project every two hours would be a good way to get virtual teams to work well together.

Many people got started on their projects and will continue to work at home. The camp can be viewed as a way to begin work, but not necessarily complete projects.

A pre-planning meeting for project managers across virtual teams should be required/stongly recommended so that remote teams can ramp up quickly on the day of the Camp.

There is some interest in another camp soon.