[HOT] 1st Activation Working Group meeting report

Reinier Battenberg reinier.battenberg at mountbatten.net
Fri Mar 16 15:33:30 GMT 2012


It sounds a bit like we would need escrow funding, where there is money parked 
in a bankaccount that only becomes available (and then immediately) when there 
is a disaster that needs our effort.

It would be great if we got to a point where we knew that we could deploy when 
needed. Building up a good relation with UNOCHA (for example) while there is 
no disaster yet seems like a good idea.

Until we do get that guarantee, all the preparing for off-site deployment is 
surely valuable as well.

rgds,
reinier


On Friday 16 March 2012 11:21:57 Séverin MENARD wrote:
> Hi Francis,
> 
> I totally agree regarding the $, we would need to be funded for this, but
> this is smth we could request based on these unique capacities. And
> definitely yes regarding the qualifications + the experience on disaster
> fields. I do not know how many of us have these capacities in the roster.
> Maybe not many, I do not know. This is one of the reasons why we started an
> internship program in Haiti.
> Reading Kate's answer in the meantime, seems not many :) I agree we may not
> be prepared for this now, but  from my experience this is smth we should
> try to strive for. As an example, if ever a huge disaster as the 2010 Haiti
> Earthquake or Pakistan floods occurs again, I would like to help on the
> ground again, but having to work for some big agencies losing my time on
> useless papermaps products rather than activate communities and HOT
> response (even if I could do it a bit in parallel) would be really
> frustrating. If we cannot propose a HOT deployment to a funder so far,
> maybe we could propose to UN agencies (e.g. OCHA), when they are looking
> for GIS consultants, to deploy one or two experienced (and vaccinated)
> Hotties for ground activities and coordination with the remote community.
> They normally expect consultants able to do not too crappy ArcGIS
> papermaps, while we can provide, by combining the skills, baseline data
> collected remotely by the volunteer effort and by local mappers, community
> activation supported by an Ushahidi platform, trainings, imagery, specific
> tools, etc., etc.
> 
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Fran Boon <francisboon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 16 March 2012 13:36, Séverin MENARD <severin.menard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Soory I missed this chat but will be present to the next one.
> > > Remote response apart, what should be our potential ground
> > > deployment ?
> >  
> >  I
> >  
> > > think a ground team who would activate and train quickly the local
> > > communities, could drive the HOT remote support, provide imagery
> > 
> > feedbacks
> > 
> > > (precise GPS coordinates, interpretation, etc.) or even imagery
> > > itself
> > 
> > taken
> > 
> > > by a drone (some tests are ongoing in Haiti) would make sense. IMHO
> > > HOT's kind of uniqueness is to be able to provide coordinated
> > > ground and remote response.
> > 
> > Hi Severin,
> > 
> > What you outline sounds great, however it requires an essential
> > element which remote support doesn't: $
> > A remote support can be done using relatively little volunteer time to
> > set up & then it's up to the community how much they're able to engage
> > in the actual work - as HOT we cannot be responsible for that - we
> > just set up the infrastructure and make the call (being careful not to
> > abuse this so we don't get volunteer fatigue).
> > 
> > Ground support would either require HOT to have it's own funds or else
> > to have the requesting Organisation sponsor it (even if the time was
> > all donated).
> > I agree that we should have a clause in about this and this can start
> > by saying 'As HOT has no funds of it's own, a ground support request
> > would require the requesting organisation to find funds for this'
> > What else do we need to define around this?
> > * Role descriptions (I know Kate has done this)
> > * Being sure we don't send people out uninsured?
> > * Being sure that people we send out are suitably qualified?
> > * Being sure that people we send out are suitably equipped? (which
> > might not require very much)
> > 
> > Anything else?
> > 
> > F
> > 
> > > Severin
> > > 
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> > >>   1. 1st Activation Working Group meeting report (Schuyler Erle)
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> > >> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:22:42 +0530
> > >> From: Schuyler Erle <schuyler at nocat.net>
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> > >> Subject: [HOT] 1st Activation Working Group meeting report
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> > >> Hello Team,
> > >> 
> > >> Today we had the first meeting of the HOT Activation Working Group
> > >> on
> > 
> > the
> > 
> > >> IRC channel.  The meeting lasted an hour. Pierre Beland, Fran
> > >> Boon,
> > 
> > Andrew
> > 
> > >> Buck, Robert Banick, Harry Wood, and I participated.
> > >> 
> > >> The stated objective of the working group is to develop a strategy
> > >> and
> > >> tactics for optimally allocating HOT's resources in response to
> > 
> > humanitarian
> > 
> > >> crisis. We noted that humanitarian crises range quite widely in
> > 
> > severity and
> > 
> > >> in level of international response, and that HOT's response should
> > >> be
> > >> commensurate with the degree to which our services will be used by
> > >> responders on the ground.
> > >> 
> > >> The substance of the discussion today revolved around identifying
> > >> HOT's possible responses to crisis (including documenting data
> > >> sources,> 
> > acquiring
> > 
> > >> imagery, setting up volunteer tasking services, and mobilizing
> > 
> > volunteers),
> > 
> > >> and working backwards to identify the triggers for those
> > >> activities.
> > >> 
> > >> We also discussed at length the distinction between "activation",
> > >> and
> > >> simply responding to requests made by partner organizations. We
> > >> agreed
> > 
> > (I
> > 
> > >> believe) that prompt and reliable response to partner inquiries
> > >> should
> > 
> > be a
> > 
> > >> priority for HOT and should be taken up as a subject for
> > >> discussion and recommendation by the working group.
> > >> 
> > >> I think that the working group members agreed to start documenting
> > >> some> 
> > of
> > 
> > >> these ideas on the OSM wiki for further discussion. We also agreed
> > >> after talking for an hour to pick up the discussion again one
> > >> week from> 
> > today, at
> > 
> > >> 14:00 UTC on Thu 22 Mar 2012.
> > 
> > >> The IRC log for today's meeting is here:
> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OpenStreetMap_Team/Activ
> > ation_Working_Group_22_Mar_2012> 
> > >> Hope to see those of you who are interested in the subject on #hot
> > >> next Thursday! I'll send out a reminder a couple days ahead of
> > >> time. Cheers!
> > >> 
> > >> SDE
> > >> 
> > >> 
> > >> 
> > >> 
> > >> 
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rgds,

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