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 Week-long Event
- CAP Jump Start
- CAP Implementation Workshop
- CAP Code-fest
- Disaster Risk Reduction Public Lecture
- Gala Dinner
- ISCRAM-Asia 2014 Conference
- Sahana Conference
CAP Jump Start
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
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.
The Sahana Disaster Management Software is sentimental to IOTX. Sahana Community and the community developed Sahana Software evolved from a compassionate effort of the Sri Lankan Free and Open Source Software community. Since then, the Sahana Software has served more than two dozen major disasters around the globe.To that end, the Sahana Software Foundation, LIRNEasia, Virtusa, and WSO2 are co-sponsoring and co-organizing a series Sahana events, in association with the IOTX convention. One of them – the SahanaCamp is a participatory workshop involving the use and understanding of the Sahana Disaster Management Information System. As a SahanaCamp participants you will:
- Be introduced to real-world Sahana disaster management solutions
- Receive hands on experience using Sahana software tools with managing information and analysing data for decision support
- Assess how Sahana could be used in your organization
SahanaCamp IOTX is aimed at individuals and organization working in Information Communication Technology for Disaster Management. CAP Code-festBlog 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 problems.Disaster Risk Reduction
Blog InvitationThe 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.
The Gala Dinner is an opportunity for all IOTX participants, attending the various programs in various locations, to converge in to a single location, to network. The main groups were those attending the CAP Implementation and Jump-Start workshops at Jetwing Beach Hotel in Negombo, Sahana workshops/conference at Virtusa/WSO2 in Colombo, Disaster Risk Reduction Public Lecture at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo, and the ISCRAM-Asia 2014 participants at University of Colombo.The Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka, an IOTX strategic partner, sponsored the Dinner, held at the Water’s Edge in Battaramulla. Sponsors and IOTX Partners will have speaking opportunities. Moreover, the outdoor cocktail style arrangement was for participants to mingle and talk. Additionally, the cultural shows with traditional song and dance was to share the Sri Lankan culture and hospitality with the foreign guests from more than 30 countries.
ISCRAM-Asia 2014 was a two-day event designed to cut across all disciplines that are of Disaster-related ICT engineering, policy, and research interest. It focused on how information and communication technology could potentially strengthen disaster preparedness and response and improve the resilience of communities and organizations. ISCRAM-Asia 2014 brought together researchers and practitioners working in the area of information systems for crisis response. The opportunity for academic and policy researchers in Asia to present new research and for practitioners to discuss best practices. Papers were categorized as:
- Full-papers are for academics and researchers to share their methods and findings.
- Short-papers are for practitioners and others to share their experiences as a case study or the realization of a new concept.
The conference Program Committee identified the following tracks:
- Functional early warning systems (e.g. alerting and public warning)
- Role of social media in response and recovery (e.g. situational awareness)
- Decision support systems (e.g. biosurveillance)
- Humanitarian challenges (e.g H-FOSS implementation)
- Intelligent systems (e.g. use of ICTs in Public Health)
- Planning and foresight (e.g. Climate change adaptation)
- Geo-spatial informatics (e.g vulnerability assessment)
The Sahana Conference will combine the Sahana Software Foundation’s Annual General Meeting with community lead BarCamp sessions and social activities. This will be a is an time for member of the Sahana community to gathering together to collaborate, sharing experiences & ideas and plan ways to improve Sahana.