I'm taking in more information than I can blog right now. Each of these deserves its own several paragraph writeup. So, in no particular order:
- A baby girl is born to a woman, rescued from an earthquake-devastated village, in a refugee camp run by The Citizen's Foundation, the organization I helped get the maps they need. From the Daily Times in Pakistan:
- A call for Internet Technology volunteers to do disaster relief in Pakistan.
The one weak thread through all of this (earthquake relief) has been project management or the lack of it, simply due to the enormity of the task at hand. As a community that specializes in automating and improving the processes involved in running businesses and government, it would be a shame if we could not help streamline the relief activities and make them more effective.
P@SHA has therefore offered its assistance to the PM’s Secretariat and Relief Cell. We are putting together a team of experts who will analyze the needs of the relief organizations
including the government, the army and the NGOs etc and will link it all up to provide some sort of cohesive approach to the activities thus saving a lot of time and increasing the pace of relief activities.
In the process we will need expertise of varying types:
Hardware Installation & Maintenance
Wireless Communication Installation, Deployment &
SQL servers developers
Data Entry people
People for Information Gathering
Content creation/development/management specialists
Communication specialists able to deal with
Some of the volunteers may be required to work in their respective cities, others may be asked to work in Islamabad or at the relief sites in the northern areas. Please do therefore
specify where you are stationed and whether you will be available or able to relocate to any of the sites if necessary and for what period of time.
P@SHA will be working with various IT and telecom organizations. Some of them including Intel have already volunteered equipment and connectivity. We are also working with Shahida Saleem and Azhar Rizvi on implementing telemedicine in the affected areas.
Please indicate your interest or those of your employees by sending an email to email@example.com. I would appreciate it if you would circulate this email to your team.
Please circulate this email to anyone that you feel would be able to assist.
- Declan Butler, a reporter at Nature who seems to be a bottomless well of helpful links, has sent me his excellent Connotea list with many, many good disaster links.
- I've posted lots and lots of photos from Capclave last weekend, held in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here is the link to the Capclave photos. Guests of honor Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden pulled in a hefty portion of interesting bloggers. Here are the photos of bloggers. Dramatis personnae: Patrick & Teresa, Avedon Carol, Jeri Smith-Ready, Rivka, Jim Henley, & Henry Farrell. (Links to their sites are on the photo pages.)