[Talk-cl] [HOT] InSTEDD, and GeoChat

Jean-Guilhem Cailton jgc en arkemie.com
Sab Mar 6 10:30:12 GMT 2010


Exactly Eduardo.

An example picture I had in mind can be seen at the bottom of 
http://www.instedd.org/ (click on it to enlarge).

For a potential use by OSM-Chile, I think it would be better to have 
OpenStreetMap as the basis for the map view. So that the map updates can 
be seen quickly.

Mikel's blog is very interesting regarding how GeoChat can also help 
feeding updates to OSM, by sending by SMS grid coordinates seen on a 
walking paper.

I am wondering whether, in some areas, cell phone companies can supply 
e.g. antenna information, which could help localizing SMS approximately, 
when no more precise mean is available (or better localization info if 
possible, of course).

Could preparing an example set-up for, e.g., the subscribers to 
OSM-talk-Chile (talk-cl) (at most about 40 addresses at the moment) be a 
good way to get started experimenting with GeoChat in Chile ? Some live 
in hardly impacted areas (Concepción, Pichilemu, ...), some in Santiago, 
some in Punta Arenas...

I haven't yet started experimenting with GeoChat from here (I live in 
Toulouse, France). I could help doing some translation to Spanish.

Maybe we could follow on this topic on 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/geochatusers , which those interested 
could join ? Or by direct mail ? Nicolás, everyone, what do you think ?

Best regards,


Eduardo Jezierski a écrit :
> Yup, Camp Roberts was a cool joint effort (brought lots of feedback, integration w geocommons for geocoding in some of our components, and MGRS support)
> I think Jean means using OSM as the basis for the map view that makes the main GeoChat UI; Jean maybe you can clarify?
> ~ ej
> On Fri,Mar 5, 2010, at 16:06 , Kate Chapman wrote:
>> There has been integration before between InSTEDD and OSM.
>> Mikel wrote a blog post about it: http://brainoff.com/weblog/2009/08/10/1435
>> -Kate
>> On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 2:42 PM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton <jgc en arkemie.com> wrote:
>>> Dear Julio,
>>> I just found out about InSTEDD (http://www.instedd.org/) and think it might
>>> interest you to have a look at what they offer.
>>> As a recent example of their activity, they technically supported the
>>> emergency short code SMS system in Haiti.
>>> In particular, InSTEDD GeoChat was apparently designed as a communication
>>> means for "major humanitarian crises". (http://www.instedd.org/geochat)
>>> A quote from http://www.instedd.org/technology_overview follows:
>>> (I do hope nobody takes offence that there might be some common points
>>> between crisis situations anywhere in the world and common situation in the
>>> developing world)
>>> "InSTEDD GeoChat is a unified mobile communications service designed
>>> specifically to enable self-organizing group communications in the
>>> developing world.   The service lets mobile phone users broadcast
>>> location-based alerts, report on their situation, and coordinate around
>>> events as they unfold, linking field, headquarters, and the local community
>>> in a real-time, interactive conversation visualized on the surface of a
>>> map.  Once you create a GeoChat group, you may use it as the text equivalent
>>> of a push-to-talk radio:  send the group a message on the Web, by email, or
>>> by SMS, and the rest of the group receives it.  GeoChat allows information
>>> to flow over multiple messaging channels, including dedicated SMS servers, a
>>> cell phone plugged into a laptop, a satellite phone, and even Twitter.  You
>>> may learn more about InSTEDD GeoChat here. Please join the online community
>>> around GeoChat here. GeoChat is hosted "in the cloud" via Amazon, so there
>>> is no server to deploy.  GeoChat has global SMS coverage through Clickatel,
>>> has a US domestic SMS shortcode, and may easily be integrated with gateways
>>> of local carriers.  Users have referred to GeoChat as “Email for the Bottom
>>> Billion”."
>>> GeoChat is in Beta.
>>> I do not know whether it is easy to have OSM as the map used in GeoChat
>>> (example pictures display Google maps), but since it is free and open source
>>> (GPLv3), it would certainly be possible to adapt it if necessary.
>>> I am just learning about InSTEDD, so there may also be other potentially
>>> interesting things on their website (like http://www.trackernews.net/, for
>>> instance).
>>> Hoping this helps,
>>> Jean-Guilhem
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