[talk-ph] Fwd: Invitation to an inter-agency meeting to discuss availability, quality and accessibility of common and fundamental operational datasets in the Philippines (June 16th, 2014)

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 28 11:23:48 UTC 2014


Hello everybody,

This is quite delayed, but I would like to provide a short report of what
happened during the DSWD forum. I was able to attend the afternoon session
(the morning session was reserved for government agencies).

Basically, the idea of the forum is to provide a venue for government
agencies and international humanitarian/aid organizations to talk about the
problem of sharing (mostly geospatial) data sets related to disaster risk
reduction, mitigation, response, and management. There has been a lot of
activity surroung relied efforts for Typhoon Haiyan but these are usually
uncoordinated leading to duplication of effort and missed opportunities.

There were attendees from various government agencies: DBM, DSWD, DOH,
DPWH, DOTC, PNP, CAAP, OCD, PAGASA, and NFA. There was a representative
from DILG who attended the morning session; unfortunately the
representative couldn't attend in the afternoon. Sadly, there was no
representative from NAMRIA.

Aside from the local OpenStreetMap community (represented by me and
Julius), we also had attendees from the the international humanitarian/aid
organizations: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (UN OCHA), World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the International Organization
for Migration (IOM).

During the morning session, the following points were drawn up in order to
address the main issue:

1. Data accessibility needs to be addressed, possibly through another
workshop. This includes the use of open machine-readable formats (not just
PDFs, or worse, scanned documents) and open licenses.

2. Availability and completeness of data, especially the fundamental data
sets, needs to be tackled. One possible solution is to turn to
crowd-sourcing to help complete missing data. Furthermore, it was pointed
out that many data sets are maintained by the LGUs (example, administrative
boundaries) so the cooperation of DILG is vital.

3. There is the issue of a lack of geospatial data specifications and
standards. NAMRIA is the lead agency in charge of this item, and an
inter-governmental workshop may be needed.

4. A policy for data sharing needs to be formulated. The NDRRMC is the body
assigned for this item.

5. There is a need to promote and standardize the use of PSGC for referring
to LGUs in all of the data sets.

The afternoon session was basically a discussion of other points related to
the ones listed above.

I am not aware of any next steps yet, but I do hope this would lead to good
things, and especially, a lot of open data sets.

~Eugene



On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM, maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
> wrote:

>
>
>
> Dear Everyone,
>
> With permission from the organizers, OSM-PH community is invited to this
> event.
> They alloted 2-3 slots for OSM-PH.
>
> Program details and other documents here:
>
> https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-2WZQ1DwK_xWHFHd1p6dGJQMG8&usp=sharing
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Steeve Ebener <steeve.ebener at gaia-geosystems.org>
> Date: Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM
> Subject: Invitation to an inter-agency meeting to discuss availability,
> quality and accessibility of common and fundamental operational datasets in
> the Philippines (June 16th, 2014)
>
>
>
> Dear all,
>
>
>
> While waiting for the official invitation to reach you from DSWD, and
> apologizing in advance for such a short notice, I already wanted to share
> with you attached the agenda and paper for next week's meeting to discuss
> the availability, quality and accessibility of common and fundamental
> operational datasets to support disaster risk reduction and emergency
> management in the Philippines.
>
>
>
> This meeting, jointly organized by DSWD and the Strengthening Information
> Infrastructure for Emergency Management (SIIEM) project, will take place at
> the UP Asian Center.
>
>
>
> As per the attached agenda, the morning session will allow for
> Governmental institutions to comment on the attached paper and share their
> own data related experience and challenges faced during the response to
> typhoon Yolanda with the objectives to identify activities and resources
> that would be needed in order to unlock the main barriers to availability,
> quality and accessibility of these datasets.
>
>
>
> In the afternoon, the international community (donors, United Nations,
> Open Data Community,...) are invited to join the Governmental institutions
> to discuss how the activities and needs for resources identified during the
> morning could be covered.
>
>
>
> The morning session being limited to Governmental institutions, we would
> appreciate your confirmation of participation to the afternoon session by
> tomorrow COB. Please contact Mr. Lawrence Anthony S. Dimailig (
> lasdimailig at dswd.gov.ph) or Ms. Vanity Joy B. Estremera (
> vjbestremera at dswd.gov.ph) at 931-8085 in this regards or for any other
> enquiries you might have.
>
>
>
> Looking forward to your Agency’s full support and active participation
> during this event.
>
>
>
> Sincerely Yours,
>
>
>
> Steeve Ebener
>
>
>
> *Steeve Ebener, Ph.D.*
> CEO Gaia GeoSystems
>
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> --
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> maning
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