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1:30pm

Free and Open Source Software for Humanity
    Friday October 12, 2012 1:30pm - 6:00pm @ Room Bruxelles

     

    13:30-14:00: OpenStreetMap - Why mapping is important in a crisis; Gaël Musquet, OpenStreetMap

    14:00-14:30: LIENS Association; Laurent Guyot-Sionnest

    14:30-15:00: EUROSHA - training European aid workers in Open Source tools; Mark Prutsalis, Sahana Software Foundation

    15:00-15:30: Sigmah, open source antidote trial to the aid sector infoxication issue; Olivier Sarrat, URD

    Break

    16:00-16:30: Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian; Heather Blanchard, masters candidate in Global Communications at The American University in Paris

    16:30-17:00: Décrypthon; David Loureiro, Sysfera

    17:00-17:30: Mifos - the Open Source software behind Microfinancing; Michael Vorburger

    17:30-18:00: Introducing OpenMRS: Building Local Capacity through FOSS + Health IT; Leslie Hawthorn & Julius Awakame

     

    Free and Open Source Software - Using Technology to Help Humanity

     

    On Friday, 13 October, the FOSS for Humanity track at the Open World Forum will bring together leaders from some of the most important humanitarian software projects and case studies of the impact these projects are having on people's lives around the world.

     

    The Humanitarian FOSS track will have two core themes: Crisis Management

    - how free and open source software plays a role in extreme events; and Sustainable Development - how free and open source software assists in addressing systemic problems like education, health care, clean water and sanitation, extending economic opportunity and human rights.

     

     



    Watership Down: Memoirs of a Digital Humanitarian,

    Heather Blanchard, masters candidate in Global Communications at The American University in Paris

     

    Heather Blanchard, a graduate candidate in Global Communications at the American University of Paris, will discuss her experiences and lessons learned on the digital frontlines of disaster response both within government at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as a co-founder of CrisisCommons. Heather will share lessons learned from Haiti, Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac and outline opportunity, challenges, and best practices of open source software adoption for domestic emergency management and international humanitarian relief.

     

     

    Introducing OpenMRS: Building Local Capacity through FOSS + Health IT,

     Leslie Hawthorn & Julius Awakame

     

    OpenMRS is an open source platform to manage electronic medical records, originally designed in 2004 for use in the developing world but now used in a variety health care and research environments. In this session, attendee will learn about the origins of the OpenMRS, details on some of OpenMRS deployment sites throughout the world and how to participate in this thriving community. Best of all, attendees will learn how the OpenMRS development team built in a specific focus for building local IT capacity in the communities served by its code base and how this focus led to educational programs for developers in Africa.

     

     

    EUROSHA - training European aid workers in Open Source tools, Mark Prutsalis

    Humanitarian free and open source software organizations the Sahana Software Foundation, Groupe URD, OpenStreetMap France, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team have partnered with France Volontaires and other European humanitarian volunteer organizations on a pilot project being sponsored by the EU under the newly adopted EU Aid Volunteers Initiative.  The objective of the EUROSHA project (for "EURopean Open Source Humanitarian Aid") is to train and deploy a small group of volunteers to four disaster prone African countries.  They will be conducting humanitarian information and data collection using open source tools such as Sahana Eden and OpenStreetMap.  The four countries participating in the project are Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad and Kenya.

     

    • Décrypthon, David Loureiro, Sysfera

    Technological advances in distributed computing have made it possible to efficiently use either Grid computing (networked resources that belong to an organization) or Desktop computing (PCs being used when idle, connected to the Internet). This opportunity has been seized all over the world by organizations and enthusiastic individuals looking to advance science and foster collaboration between scientists, by providing them a computing platform to perform in-silico research. The Décrypthon project is an example of one such high-performance platform. In this talk, we will describe the project, detail the platform's architecture and explore the piece of middleware that was developed and used for it. Real-life examples of applications used for both Grid and Desktop computing will be discussed.

    Website: http://www.decrypthon.fr/english/

     

    • Sigmah, open source antidote trial to the aid sector infoxication issue, Olivier Sarrat, URD

    Aid sector workers are suffocating. Too much data to deal with in input, and too much information to produce to be accountable to all their donors. And this infoxication issue leads directly to a quality issue. Moreover, turn-over rates are extremely high in NGOs, and consequently the effort to implement some new guidelines or tools to deal with this infoxication are terribly difficult. Sigmah is a project started and managed by an open group of NGOs trying to solve this situation.

     

    • Sahana Software Foundation, Mark Prutsalis

     

    • OpenStreetMap - Why mapping is important in a crisis, Gaël Musquet, OpenStreetMap

     

    • Mifos - the Open Source software behind Microfinancing, Michael Vorburger


    Conférenciers
    Dave Neary is part of Red Hat's Open Source and Standards te…

    David Loureiro is CEO of SysFera. After studying applied mat…

    Gaël Musquet is an OpenData and OpenSource Hacktivist, as th…

    Heather Blanchard is a masters candidate in Global Communica…

    Julius is a Ghanaian psychiatrist based in the UK and a part…

    An internationally known community manager, speaker and auth…


    I have spent the last 20 years devoted to assisting those im…



    Type Human & Legal
    Universe Think
 

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