Published on April 24, 2014
New Technologies and Methods for Sustaining Key Communications During and Post Disaster A Case Study from Typhoon Haiyan
Andrew Schroeder Director of Research and Analysis Direct Relief (www.directrelief.org) Brian Fishman Disaster Relief | Humanitarian Response | Resilience Palantir Technologies (www.palantir.com)
Implementing Partnerships: Local National International Coordination and Analytics Technology Development
Who needs help? What kind? How much? Where? Have needs been met? Have needs changed?
Four Smaller Parts of the Big Problem: 1. Damaged networks impede real- time digital data collection. 2. Coordination and data sharing either fails to occur or occurs intermittently in face-to-face meetings. 3. Field data collection is not linked directly to open public data. 4. Evaluation occurs after the fact, not continuously.
1. Remote Data Collection
Typhoon Haiyan Deployment: inReachSE by Delorme • Delorme InReach • Satellite-connected SMS using the Iridium network • Drop-down data forms populate 160- character messages • Palantir parses messages into objects • Common data framework • Integrated with mobile and web- based data collection • Open APIs allow for rapid and flexible deployment at scale
2. Real-Time Coordination
3. Open Data Integration
4. Continuous Evaluation
Bantayan Island, PH
THE GOOD • Technology works off the shelf • Three Dimensional Collaboration • Horizontal: across organizations • Vertical: operations and strategy • Temporal: Planning, response, and recovery • Lack of connectivity does not need to limit real-time coordination THE HARD • Crisis coalition-building is difficult • Need to establish programmatic mechanisms to utilize data • Clear vision for data-sharing • Ontology design • Collaboration between international and host-nation NGOs and the private sector
Thank you. Andrew Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org) Brian Fishman (email@example.com)
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