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Indian Ocean Tsunami 10th Anniversary Convention

iotxlanka2014 commemorates the 10th year anniversary of the “2004 Indian Ocean Megathrust Tsunami” (abbreviated as “IOT”).

LIRNEasia used the IOT 10th anniversary milestone (IOTX) to bring about opportunities for relevant disaster management stakeholders, of all vested interests, in realizing the current strengths and weaknesses; then be exposed to innovations with potential to improve regional cohesiveness and responsiveness.

IOTX LANKA: retrospective and prospective accounts of regional readiness to manage crises


The event drew attention to building capacity in the Asia Pacific Region through a sharing of knowledge and hands-on practical workshop experiences. The Media and Public were invited to selected events to correspond with the experts as well as observe what new technology has to offer. Other events are for experts to debate the technical and policy intricacies of strengthening the ICT-enabled regional disaster management and emergency communication competencies.

The series of events

  1. venuemapCAP Jump Start
  2. CAP Implementation Workshop
  3. SahanaCamp
  4. CAP Code-fest
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction Public Lecture
  6. Gala Dinner
  7. ISCRAM-Asia 2014 Conference
  8. Sahana Conference


CAP Jump Start

Document Plan on WMO website

In a CAP Jump Start, CAP experts provide direct support at the strategic, operational, or technical levels. The session was open to all interested parties, including managers, technical staff, media, and all others whether in government, NGOs, or commercial organizations. Objectives of the CAP Jump-Start included:

  • Understanding of the CAP standard and how it serves interoperability goals;
  • Getting and displaying CAP alerts offered by alerting authorities and aggregators;
  • Making and validating new CAP alerts;
  • Disseminating CAP alerts via traditional methods, the Internet, and new media; and,
  • Implications as alerting becomes increasingly global, all-media, and all-hazard.


CAP Implementation Workshop

CAP Workshop Flyer and WMO Document Plan

These are exciting times for alerting enabled by the CAP standard (ITU-T Recommendation X.1303), especially as major online media and technology companies continue their support and promotion of CAP. CAP Workshops are a forum for implementers of CAP and associated organizations to discuss common issues and how best to expand adoption of the CAP standard.For the 2014 Workshop, a major theme was the use of CAP in Tsunami Early Warning Systems. Another theme will be CAP-enabled alerting presented via online media by overlay of advertising. In that vein, this Workshop will hear about the new Federation for Internet Alerts and its planned voluntary design guidelines for online warnings. These would include aspects such as colors, fonts, and sets of symbols, and could also touch on behavior tracking, geo-location, privacy, and other policy matters.Earthquake and volcano alerting were topics at the workshop, as well as the new GeoTrigger Service by ESRI, the Mobile4D alerting system based on smartphones, and the new Sahana CAP-enabled freeware for emergency management. There were presentations on public-private collaboration in the CAP context, and on certain CAP implementations already in production or active development: Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Tanzania. There were also  an update from MeteoAlarm on public access to their CAP sources across 33 nations in Europe. Participants heared about the latest CAP-related developments from OASIS, ITU, and WMO. That included current status of the international Register of Alerting Authorities.



CAP Code-fest

Blog Invitation and Activities and Plan (Sahana-eden Wiki)

Experiment with CAP implementation specific programming activities Realize the aptitude of the available software tools for achieving the established tasks Provide a collaboration platform for the participants to engage in solving CAP related problemsDisaster Risk Reduction Public LectureThe event evaluates the Asia Pacific Region’s aptitude to effectively detect/monitor, unambiguously decide, reliably relay/disseminate, and appropriately respond to all-hazards but with a key focus on tsunamis. The Media and Public will be invited to exchange knowledge with the experts.

Gala Dinner 


ISCRAM-Asia 2014


Sahana Conference



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