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
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.
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.
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.
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