UNITAR - UNOSAT 10-12 May 2011, Bergen, Norway. During the 2011 GDACS Stakeholders Meeting, a crowd-sourcing application for geo-tagged photos was released to the disaster management and early responders community. Developed under the EC funded GEO-PICTURES project by AnsuR, in collaboration with UNOSAT, this Android app automatically geo-locates (tags) photos, size them according to bandwidth and send them off to a web-server - all with the touch of one button. In the web-server, photo location is indicated on a map, and the photo can be further assessed, shared with individuals or groups and even uploaded in high resolution if needed. So far, the tool has successfully been used in Haiti, Pakistan and Nigeria, as well as in several exercises.
Transparency · Effectiveness · Bond Bond and NGO Transparency In this section you will find information and support for assessing and improving the transparency of your organisation, both through the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and other transparency initiatives. For more frequent updates and to find out about consultations and events, join our IATI and Transparency groups on My Bond. Bond has been working with NGOs and DFID since 2011 to support publication of data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and increase the transparency of NGO information. Our transparency and IATI services are part of the Bond effectiveness, learning and training programme. For more information about Bond, including information about our grants and a link to our IATI data, go to our Open information page.
Cellflare.com Universal App Cross-Platform IM Multiple Connections No Limitations Cellflare is a Location Based web service that allows users to stay visually connected to each other via their Mobile Devices. Users can view the real time status of their family and friends from any Internet Browser or from the downloadable Cellflare App. The Cellflare app is currently available on Itunes
Who Are My Gmail Contacts? Google has an awkward way of dealing with contacts in its communication apps. In Gmail, your contact list includes all the people you've ever replied, but you can also add other contacts manually. "Email addresses are automatically added to your Contacts list each time you use the Reply, Reply to all, or Forward functions to send messages to addresses not previously stored in your Contacts list," according to the help center. While this should save you some time and effort, your contact list will include a lot of people you wouldn't have normally added. For example, if somebody sends me a tip for this blog and I reply to thank him, my contact list includes that person.
New York City's First Offshore Wind Farm Begins Inching Forward photo: Martin P via flickrNew York's first offshore wind farm has moved one step closer to becoming reality. The Long Island, New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative has issued a Request for Information for its plan to build a 350 MW wind farm (with the possibility of expanding to 700 MW) about 13 miles off the coast of Rockaway Island:The intent of the RFI is to gauge interest of wind power developers and "other interested parties" in how the project would best proceed. This move is the precursor to a formal Request for Proposals, which is expected to be issued by the end of this year. The offshore wind farm collaborative consists of the Long Island Power Authority, Con Edison, the New York Power Authority, the City of New York, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Crowdmap What Exactly Is Crowdmap? Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own map of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server. Dóchas Annual Conference 2013 Transparency in Action - Dóchas AGM Conference 2013 Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle Thursday 2 May 2013, 10am-12.30pm The conference aimed to go beyond principles and theories of transparency. The Game (treasure hunt) The Game is a non-stop 24–48 hour treasure hunt, puzzlehunt or road rally that has run in the San Francisco Bay and Seattle areas since 1973. Its teams use vans rigged with power and Internet access and drive hundreds of miles from puzzle site to puzzle site, overcoming often outrageous physical and mental challenges along the way, usually with no sleep. Teams in recent games have been required to walk around the roof of the Space Needle, find a puzzle hidden in a live rat, and circulate a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide from local ecosystems while dressed in superhero outfits.
PJA Social Media Index The 2007 ITtoolbox/PJA IT Social Media Index Survey was conducted between May 9 and May 21, 2007. More than 2,100 IT and business professionals from more than 50 countries worldwide participated in the survey. Participants were recruited directly from the ITtoolbox network. ITtoolbox and PJA Advertising + Marketing worked together on this project to gauge the extent to which IT decision-makers and influencers use social media tools and user-generated content to aid their purchasing decisions.
Research at the Offshore Wind Energy Test Site alpha ventus Research at the Offshore Wind Energy Test Site alpha ventus | RAVE Newsletter October 2009 Content: 1. The offshore wind energy perspectives - The particular challenges are: high, far, deep and harsh 2.
Transportation Is All About Real-Time Data The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. In order to tackle urban transportation challenges in cities around the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Research Foundation of Singapore launched a five-year cooperative project in 2009 — Future Urban Mobility (FM) — to look at new models and technology tools aimed at sustainability. The FM team is one of four interdisciplinary research groups that are part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre, or SMART Centre. FM is developing SimMobility, a simulation platform where researchers explore transportation, environmental impacts, energy and land use and the activities of individual travelers in the mix.
The Global Fund Should Take Transparency to Another Level by Robert Bourgoing When I joined the Global Fund in 2003, my main responsibility, as the Manager of Online Communications, was to help the organisation deliver on its commitment to transparency. One of the conditions set forth by donors was the ability to trace every granted dollar to make aid recipients accountable for how it would be spent. This meant, among other things, developing and maintaining a website that quickly became a central repository of all Global Fund data and information. Mobile Backstage aims to beat Facebook and MySpace for fan interaction Mobile Backstage, a new social music service and mobile app that lets artists and bands “engage” with their fans, is set to officially launch next week, although it’s already been trialed by the likes of hip hop star Dizzee Rascal, and the ‘emo’ outfit You Me At Six (yes, I’ve never heard of them either). It’s been developed by Steam Republic, a Finnish mobile solutions company, which says it recently raised a second round of funding in the region of €2 million of its target of €3 -5 million. That’s not necessarily all that newsworthy in itself – there are already plenty of ways for artists to interact with fans online – but what’s perhaps more interesting is that the company claims that its bespoke mobile app, which can be fully branded for each artist/band and runs on iPhone and Java-enabled handsets, beats uber social networks such as Facebook and MySpace in terms of the level of fan interaction and user-generated content. Some of Mobile Backstage’s features include:
Groundswell (Incorporating Charlene Li's Blog): The future by Charlene Li On Monday, I gave the kick off speech for the Graphing Social Patterns West conference on the topic, “The Future Of Social Networks” (slides are available on SlideShare, summaries available on News.com, ReadWriteWeb, and allfacebook.) Note that this is still ongoing research, so I welcome your comments. I set my time frame for the long term – five, even ten years out.