January 23, 2010 Updates

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The following is a summary of crisis camps on January 23, 2010.

London

19 Attendees

POC: alan at aptivate.org

  • Working Relief Web
  • Thinking about communication strategy for CrisisCommons London
  • How can we coordinate across cities around the world

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Boston

120 Attendees

POC: Tom Goodfell tgg (at) mac.com

  • Working with the Fletcher School (Patrick Meier)
  • RSS Feed Challenge
  • Tagging Photos and Matching Missing People beextra.org
  • OSM Mapping
  • Mobile Development - need coordination
  • Tweak the Tweet
  • Help Austin w/Disaster Accountability (doesn't need as much help)
  • Coordinating academic hospital groups
  • Big idea group

Miami

80 Attendees

POC: Alex ... crisiscampmiami@gmail.org

  • A new project to coordinate South Florida volunteers with tasks
  • Upgrades to We Have We Need with iPhone interface and more
  • Working a new Independent Media Center idea (brainstorming)
  • Working on GIS data translation issue on Haiti Base Map
  • Upgrade to People Finder with iPhone app to capture photo and position also
  • Working on Technology Volunteer Databse

New Orleans

20 Attendees

POC: Sloane sloane (at) thecausemolitan.com

  • Haitian Community - filming their stories to put on the open solace project
  • Local NGOs to provide support, mental
  • Downloadable tool to distribute and keep synchronized informational packets for people on the ground with low bandwith and internet connectivity. More information. Tool works and has been tested on windows and Macs and should work on Unix systems. However it is recommended that someone take it over (see link for todo list). Also the informational packet itself needs to be kept up to date.

Portland

60 Attendees

  • Initial kickoff at 10am PST. More were expected at 1PM PST (which was the original start time).

Tasks done:

  • Located and added RSS feeds to database in both French and English.
  • Coordinated with RSS teams in other cities to finalize version 2 of the RSS input form. RSS team worked on form categories, translation, and new feed research.
  • Translated RSS input/collection form labels to French.
  • Open Tweet/Ushahidi
  • General tech team worked on analyzing twitter dataset and implementing a tagging tool for further review. Looked at managing news.
  • CrisisWiki: Team of 7 people worked off the CrisisWiki platform to build and test a framework for an emergency planning knowledge-base with an emphasis on linking public and private prevention, mitigation and preparedness efforts in a fashion consistent with accepted emergency management planning models, i.e., FEMA's CPG 101 ... see workspace at [1]
  • Personfinder / People finder: 5 dedicated folks worked on transcribing information into Google's database. Records left to be converted 2436. At 5:30 PST there were 1173 records left to be converted. During the day there were as many as 9 people working on this project.
  • OpenStreetMap: Portland OSM Mapping - Basemapping started from here: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Haiti/Status#Status . Street names were also being updated via the unnamed streets in Set Options. Sources for street names were being sought.
  • Worked on Sahana localization to French, and data input on 4636.ushahidi.com (focusing first on French txts, and later on Creole)
  • People finder had 5 dedicated folks working on transcribing information into Google's database. Records left to be converted 2436. At 5:30 PST there were 1173 records left to be converted. During the day we had as many as 9 people working on this project.

DC

150 people

11am Status Notes & Project Contact Information: http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/DCStatusNotes

2pm Status Notes: http://wiki.crisiscommons.org/wiki/DCStatusNotes2

Seattle

20 people

Projects working:

Bogota

50 attendees

  • OSM Mapping
  • Sahana development
  • Ushahidi development
  • Simple tasks - RSS
  • Communication strategies - how to connect organizations between Colombia and Haiti using mapping
  • Communication strategies - how to gather lessons learned from Haiti to mobilize social media

Boulder/Denver

Mid-day and Final Reports from January 23rd camp.

Boston

170 Registered; 140

  • Fletcher's Ushahidi Project
  • Boston wiki page has the info
  • Tweet the tweak, mobile applications were successful
  • People were excited to be there
  • We will have another one in a few weeks

Los Angeles/Irvine

25 folks

  • People are working on the RSS Feeds (Roger, Charles, Brian, Cody, Andrew)
  • Few ppl working on People Finder - extending it
  • People Finder entry
  • Working on the wiki
  • Press work
  • Set up CRM and started integrating with Tech-Aid ideas

Silicon Valley

12 project managers 120 people

  • Launched Usability and Testing Project
  • Going through the wiki - projects with incomplete, information
  • Make sure we are pushing people at the right projects
  • Testing of Tweak the Tweet
  • Has some feedback from users and design suggest

on this page originally

The information from the list below is gradually being combined into the above list. If you would like to help, please see [2] as an example of how to help merge the lists.

11:00AM EST Status Update

LONDON 19 Attendees
POC: alan at aptivate.org
  • Working Relief Web
  • Thinking about communication strategy for CrisisCommons London
  • How can we coordinate across cities around the world


BOSTON 120 Attendees
POC: Tom Goodfell tgg (at) mac.com
  • Working with the Fletcher School (Patrick Meier)
  • RSS Feed Challenge
  • Tagging Photos (beextra.org)
  • OSM Mapping
  • Mobile Development - need coordination
  • Tweak the Tweet
  • Help Austin w/Disaster Accountability (doesn't need as much help)
  • Coordinating academic hospital groups
  • Big idea group


NEW ORLEANS 20 Attendees
POC: Sloane sloane (at) thecausemolitan.com
  • Haitian Community - filming their stories to put on the open solace project
  • Local NGOs to provide support, mental
  • Downloadable tool - put


WASHINGTON, DC 130+ Attendees
  • Crisis Wiki: 8-10 people assembled; researchers and librarians; pulling together information for emergency preparedness for DC; going to use DC as test case for best way to use this information; bulk of work is happening on East Coast
  • TechAid: all fresh and new; two groups (NEW): NGOs have a need; technical volunteers; have to identify the problem-scope, if it’s a technical problem and how to follow that through; if there is a person behind that problem; NGO person working as scenario user; streamline Crisis Commons events
  • Working on Person Finder-working with folks with Andriod phones to try usability; people in CA working on app
  • Working on long distance WiFi (NEW); scoping out problem and possible solutions
  • Open Street Map: GIS experts working on figuring out what areas need to be map; can integrate maps into other tools
  • Haitian Voices site-two issues: not sure how to utilize all the people on the project; Unicef Boston has already built something similar, so need to figure out if this is useful
  • Mobile-discussing how to implement several things on existing app; also building windows app; hoping to get language teams on phrase list; 10 different categories; need to get someone to do recordings;
  • Language and translations: 3 teams-translator and language resource management (organize online translator group that are on-call); machine translation; pictograph project
  • Focused on trying to coordinate resources
    • MachineTranslation team (New): a lot of unstructured data; running text scripts that can put into machine translation-Google and Microsoft don’t have Creole to English or English or Creole; there is xml Creole dictionary
    • Situation Awareness and Needs Assessments-data tools that will inform the government of Haiti; short and long term needs; working on taking stock; looking at aerial imagery, inventory of hospitals…how to come up with tool that government of Haiti can use to figure out what is going on
    • Communications team: working on outreach to press: 4 groups-working on direct messaging and talking points; working on press kit (goes into depth of who we are); going after media for today and this week (new hook is real results being driven out of work that started next week); social media (facebook, youtube, twitter)


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