Breakthroughs in Open Aid Presented at National VOAD Conference, May 6th, 2019
I presented the following in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6th, 2019 PDF Download
Introducing Data Models for Human(itarian) Services
This was originally posted at Sarapis Immediately after a disaster, information managers collect information about who is doing what, where, and turn it into “3W Reports.” While some groups have custom software for collecting this information, the most popular software tool for this work is the spreadsheet. Indeed, the spreadsheet is still the “lingua franca” […]
Preparing for the Worst, Hoping for the Best: Data Standards, Superstorm Sandy, and Our Resilient Future
Originally posted at OpenReferral In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many residents of New York City were left struggling. Though a broad array of supportive services were available to survivors — from home rebuilding funds to mental health treatment — it’s often hard for people to know what’s available and how to access it. New York […]
FLO Disaster Relief Software – Recommendations for NVOAD
Three and a half months ago, I attended the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) Convening in Elizabeth, NJ. It was a fantastic event in which people from over 50 nonprofit, mostly religious, organizations came together to network, troubleshoot the ways they were providing…
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Occupy Sandy’s FLO Databases
Have you ever been working on a spreadsheet and found that you just couldn’t get all the information you wanted into it? Have you ever looked at the horizontal and vertical cells and wished there were—somehow—a third dimension that gave you the ability to define more stuff? Well, that’s what databases do: they provide you with a third dimension of information, making it possible for web applications to make data so useful. Occupy Sandy is fortunate to have access to a number of incredible database software “solutions.”
Sandy, Sahana and Sarapis
When “Superstorm Sandy” hit New York City on October 30th, dozens of relief organizations, hundreds of grassroots groups and thousands of people mobilized to provide aids to those most affected. The challenge of coordinating such a relief effort was felt by everyone involved. How do…
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