Sahana Ushahidi meeting notes: 24MAY10

Progress on Sahana-Ushahidi technical integration:

Sahana:

  • Sahana ticketing module developed a couple of weeks ago
  • allows management of additional verification, validation, actionable, assignment and status fields, plus assignment to appropriate Sahana libraries
  • hope to get HFOSS summer intern working on this
  • still need to code round-trip/provide updates back to Ushahidi

Ushahidi:

  • working on API to push back…. will define how Sahana pushes data back
  • feed to include return url for updates and add 'domain' to XML to complete pull from Ushahidi to Sahana.
  • Category mapping to be done by name not by id
  • developing actionable flag as a plug-in – it is not a part of their core functionality yet.

Other issues:

  • Fran proposed scheme for a universal identifier….Ushahidi would assign and Sahana would be using that to provide updates to those records. EDXL-DE would be one possibility to explore here as well.


Categories: General agreement reached that we should expand the scope of this discussion to include all those working on a standardized and common humanitarian data model. This will define how we tag requests – including multiple tags per requests/data element.

Suha has been talking to Patrick Meier of Ushahidi and Sophia B Liu of University of Colorado on this and has agreed to coordinate bringing these folks together with Google, Ushahidi, Sahana, Project Epic, Open Street Maps, UNHCR, WHO and WFP on a humanitarian data model.

Chamindra presented information about a W3C interest group that is looking at Emergency Management Information Stadnards that might serve as the appropriate group to formally review this effort. It will be working closely with the OASIS technical standards committee. Chamindra will send out invitations to everyone to participate.

Joint Package/Downloads: Considering Debian package with Sahana and Ushahidi installed. Henry Ado is working on debian installer… alt live-CD with installation script that will make it easier. Either a script or a package installer would be a future endeavor. Make sure things are working well before we proceed. Definitely still in the plans.

Deployment and Response Models: How do we partner with response effort? Suha working to see how UN and OCHA can play role to taking responsibility and ownership of the data. UN Crisis Information Management Strategy under UN CIO – might be role to take this on; to identify who in a crisis can take this on. Clear governance needs to be put into place with contracts. Agile nature of response was key to effective Haiti response. Technology community has to convince UN that this is reliable and replicable system.

HFOSS Maturity Model…. comes into play – looks into capabilities of different organizations to respond. See working draft (feel free to edit) This might give UN more confidence to work with us. Came out of NPS sponsored RELIEF experiments – contributors – Mark, Chamindra, Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD), John Crowley, Lin Wells, John Gage.

For Ushahidi, Patrick Meier has info on deployment support. Core team is not going to support deployments.

 
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