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Sahana Disaster Management System - Humanitarian FOSS

Time:14:30 - 15:15
Day:Thursday 21 January 2010
Location:Ilott Theatre (Town Hall)
Project: Sahana Disaster Management System

The Sahana Disaster Management System provides humanitarian relief to communities all around the world. This presentation aims to introduce the system to members of the local open source community and demonstrate how they can act to enhance the level of disaster preparedness through the promotion of local use and development of the system.

A few case studies will be explained, providing participants a background of the system. This may include information from recent deployments, such as efforts to unite families the Myanmar and Sichuan earthquakes. An overview of its potential use by the US military’s Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART), integrating footage and mapping from unmanned aerial vehicles may also be covered.

The system provides a unique opportunity for networking specialists, gadget geeks and web developers to provide a. The presentation will move to a technical overview of how Sahana attempts to balance the needs of emergency manager who want as much data as possible within the constraints of a low-bandwidth and low-spec hardware in the developing world. This may include the use of the OASIS standard, the Common Alerting Protocol is used to maximise interoperability with

After a technical overview, the speakers will explain how a local group of technical specialists and domain experts have converged for the benefit of New Zealand communities to form the New Zealand Sahana Cluster. The speakers will attempt to explain the process and any potential lessons from trying to integrate emergency managers into the open source model.

The presentation will finish as a call to action. We will advocate for more software developers and networking specialists to get in touch to assist with the global effort.

Tim McNamara

Tim has been a involved in emergency management in various capacities since 2002 and has provided input to Sahana's development since mid-2008. Tim focuses much of his Sahana time on the end-user and sees himself as a liasion between programming expoerts, domain specialists and those who just want the software to work.

He is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. His research is focused on understanding the relative weight that governments place on the four sectors of emergency management; risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery