Published on March 13, 2009
WHAT APPROACHES WILL HELP US ADAPT TO A CHANGING WORLD AND PREPARE FOR THE UNEXPECTED? Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 2004
IN OUR OPINION, COLLABORATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
WHAT IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE • Diverse groups self-organize seamlessly into a coherent whole. • The flow of information is: – free, reliable, secure, – up, down, sideways, – timely, accurate, complete, relevant, and credible. • The response is agile, coordinated, efficient, and effective.
FEW REASONS WHY IT SELDOM A DOES… Harsh field conditions Slow, unreliable networks Hot, tired, overloaded responders Low signal-to-noise ratio Data trapped in silos Disincentives for cooperation Lack of good tools for emergent collective action Ignoring the local community
InSTEDD Improve event detection and humanitarian response Socio-technical organization and mission Collaboration technologies Worldwide, with field laboratory in Phnom Penh Free & open source
CONSTRAINED ENVIRONMENTS CREATE A PRESSURE COOKER FOR INNOVATION GRAMEEN SOLUTIONS GRAMEEN SHAKTI GRAMEEN KAYLAN GRAMEEN PHONE
The InSTEDD Technology Platform Free Open source Standards Mesh4X: Share Data Across All Boundaries MESH4X lets you integrate applications, devices, and information seamlessly – into a shared, synchronized, distributed data mesh GeoChat: Take Decisive Action in Response – GEOCHAT lets you engage and coordinate with everyone who needs to be involved, linking headquarters, field, and the local community Evolve: Synthesize Data into Actionable Information EVOLVE lets you and your team monitor and collaborate around diverse data – streams to detect, analyze, triage and track critical events as they unfold
INFORMATION FLOW Nokia Phone with Khmer script support, and an unlikely fortune cookie note
InSTEDD GEOCHAT SMS, Twitter, email, … Location Open and Closed Groups Explicit or Automatic Location SMS-Only interaction API Semi-structured information, extensible pipeline
INTEROPERABILITY Laptops from all over the world come together to integrate medical records systems, HISA South Africa 2008
Mesh4x A synchronization framework for seamless information sharing • Fuse data from diverse applications, sources, and devices • Synchronize data automatically between databases, files, websites, desktop software, PDAs, maps, and the Cloud • HTTP, files & SMS • RESTFull N-way data sync •MySQL • Open standards: FeedSync, •Hibernate RSS/ATOM, XForms, RDF •MSAccess • Multiple channels: http, files, SMS •MSExcel • Available in both .NET and Java •AmazonS3 •JavaROSA Come and play - Mesh4x.org •EpiInfo •KML (G Earth)
SHARING DATA IS DISRUPTIVE Les Lenert from CDC briefs about technologies they consider disruptive. Mesh4x changes the game of data ownership and storage lock-in
FROM DATA TO COLLECTIVE ACTION
InSTEDD Evolve 1.0 Collaborative decision support around streams of information Features: • Create collaborative workspaces • Subscribe to data • Sift through the data for emerging events • Annotate items with tags, comments, ratings, links, locations, files, alerts, and other social metadata • Autonomous agents perform data extensions, feature extraction, classification, tagging, geo-coding • Human teams act with augmentation of machine learning
ARCHITECTURE DECENTRALIZED TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP DECOUPLED DYNAMIC CONTEXT AWARE INTREROPERABILITY USER-EMPOWERING DIVERSITY SECURITY OCCASIONALLY CONNECTED DATA AS A BUILDING BLOCK …CONSTANT EXPLORATION! PATTERNS - SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM IN A CONTEXT PATTERN LANGUAGES FOR ISSUES THAT MATTER IN THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD?
HUMAN INTERACTION DESIGN
InSTEDD Innovation Lab Socio-technical lab Neutral space for gov, org, edu & com In-situ interaction design Dissolving silos of data & trust Local Sustainable Innovation
Thank You! Eric Rasmussen Eduardo Jezierski email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org @rasmussene @edjez Buddhist monks bless the InSTEDD Innovation Lab and our generator, 2009. As far as illusions go, electricity is a darn useful one
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