[HOT] OpenDRI Field Guide Released

nicolas chavent nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 20:38:52 UTC 2014

Hey there

I'd like to second Severin's on the overall appreciation of the OpenDRI
We opened up a conversation around translation towards French that could be
facilitated by TWB thanks through the partnership HOT/TWB Sev opened up.
I last joined Sev in enhancing the contexts of the 3 to 4 years of work
around OSM in Haiti to better highlight what made both possible and special
(an outcome in itself) the ARC/HRC project around OSM in Northern Haiti;
happy to help out with those involved in OSM work in Haiti on an enrichment
of the HT story
I look forward to hearing back on John's talk tomorrow at SOTMUS on this


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM, Severin Menard <severin.menard at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear John,
> Sorry to get back on this topic a few weeks after the release of the first
> draft of this report, but time ran quicker than I hoped before finding
> enough time to read it properly.
> First, I would like to say to express my opinion about the report: it is
> really impressive. It is written in a concise, understandable, educational
> way that make it easy and pleasant to read and it is a great, flexible tool
> to advocate for and set open data, disaster resilience and community based
> mapping. It also describes in a very detailed, open manner the OpenDRI
> project organization and staff.
> I have one question, one suggestion and a few feedback points.
> The question is: will this report be soon translated into various
> languages (French, Spanish, etc.) to be largely disseminated?
> The suggestion is about the past OSM community experiences in Haiti
> mentioned by Robert in the Community Mapping with the Red Cross in Haiti
> insert. The resources that allow such programs to happen are based on
> various training + community building projects that have started since
> March 2010, encompassing IOM embed projects, USAID funded projects (for a
> total of USD 1 million, I would say at least) + voluntary remote and/or
> field supports of many individuals (Nicolas Chavent, Jaakko Helleranta,
> Brian Wolford, Sebastien Pierrel, Pierre Béland, Robert Baker, Delphine
> Bédu, Emilie Reiser and me but I am certainly forgetting people - please
> forgive me). It would be worth to include and analyse them as OpenDRI
> related pioneering initiatives and regarding the lessons that have been
> learned from them. What do you think?
> My feedback points:
> Regarding OpenData and France, this slideshow provides I think some the
> main past and future milestones:
> http://www.slideshare.net/laurelucchesi/france-open-data-national-action-plan-g8
> Regarding community building, the report emphasizes chapter 6 (first
> collection) the importance to maintain a sustainable, fun spirit and
> involvement among the mappers (I prefer this word rather than surveyors,
> because it seems related to the "traditional survey techniques"), but
> chapter 7 (Catalyzing) does not describe not much how this can be
> maintained, what is actually an important issue whose solution is likely
> not unique.
> Page 56, the second step is called Import data what seems a bit as import
> of existing data may not happen (if there is none) and because it
> encompasses as well the remote, crowd-sourcing mapping that is likely to
> bring more data than the potential import.
> I also found a few typos that may have been already found by others:
> The Open Cities Toolkit will available in mid 2014: be is missing
> visualize the likely impacy of a hazard on schools: impact, not impacy
> geographic data from the UK's Ordinance Survey: Ordnance, not Ordinance
> users to fuse data from data catalogues, community mapping platforms: use
> and not fuse?
> Learning happens quickest when failure is transparent to all and s team: s
> to be deleted?
> [optional] Inubator or Accelerator services to the OpenDRI initiative:
> incubator and not inubator
> Connections between stakeholders who have umet challenges: I guess unmet,
> not umet
> Sincerely,
> Severin
> On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 3:45 AM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I wanted to point out to you that the "Open Data for Resilience
>> Initiative: Field Guide" was released yesterday(1). This is an
>> exciting report authored by John Crowley and our friends at the World
>> Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. You'll also
>> see many HOT volunteers, partners and members are listed as providing
>> input to the report.
>> The power of having what we do codified into reports like this is an
>> important aspect to the work HOT does. Every time it happens it makes
>> it that much easier to coordinate with traditional institutions and
>> interest them in the power of open data.
>> Best,
>> -Kate
>> (1) https://www.gfdrr.org/ODRIFG
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