Kathmandu Living Labs
We had our first hour-long weekly meeting with members of HOT over Skype this evening, in which we covered pretty good mileage on important topics related to Satellite Imagery, designing mapping tasks using Tasking Manager, and overall coordination of this activation.
These are the priority tasks we set:
High priority: IDP camps, Damage Assessment and Admin Boundary Import.
Medium priority: POI mapping, Landslide mapping
Today was all about making our dispatch process efficient and smoothly working for QuakeMap. We are beginning to have reports marked as dispatched after feedback from responding organizations. We wanted to give an example of what a report that was dispatched to an organization looks like:
To see a glimpse of some of the conversation before that happened, we’ll also show you some of the comments; hopefully it gives you a good sense of the many phone calls and all the co-ordination that goes on in the back-end of QuakeMap.org.
It is incredibly difficult to get all of the various organizations providing relief and support in Nepal and have them report that needs reports have been met, so we’re proud to have a set of reports marked as dispatched. We are also excited to get some numbers behind this in the next few days.
We have had help of lots of Awesome Volunteers to accomplish the work we are currently doing. Starting today we are featuring two or three volunteers in our coming situation reports. Here are our featured volunteers for today.
Our youngest volunteer at the KLL Situation Room, Prithivi Jung Khadka is just 13 and currently studying on grade 8. Prithivi is helping us route the incoming reports on quakemaps.org platform to appropriate channels. He said he joined the volunteer team because he thought he could do much more than just posting fb status updates about the quake.
Punit has been one of the first volunteers in the KLL situation room outside the KLL core team. When asked why he joined the volunteer team, he said that he thoroughly believes in the maxim “Either lead, follow, or get out of the way." He said he joined KLL as a follower, since we were leading co-ordination with our Situation Room. However, we'll note that he soon became a leader, helping manage a lot of QuakeMap.org, working with KLL member Sazal Sthapit and volunteer Neil Horning.
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