ChangeFusion at Google's Big Tent Sendai on Opendata for Crisis Respones
July 19, 2012
By: Klaikong Vaidhyakarn
July, 2nd 2012 a year after massive earthquake in Japan and flood in Thailand. ChangeFusion was participated as co-partner with Google and other international organizations at the event Big Tent 2012 in Sendai Japan. The Big Tent Sendai event was on theme of role of technology for disaster response and preparedness with global keynote speakers and share cases experiences of disaster management in the region.
ChangeFusion was joined the panel "How government data can save lives: open data and instant information sharing" to share our experience from working along with partners in Thailand for example Opendream, The Volunteer Spirit Network and Thai Health Promotion Foundation on flood crisis in 2011 and massive flood crisis in 2012.
During the crisis we have been designed and developed the information system to manage crisis information which have to aggregate some data from the government for example water telemeters, satellite images, location of the government institutes and etc. but we have found that mostly government data are in document format like .doc or .pdf or some of government data which provide form government agencies are too fancy and lack of standard and information which are affect to the decision of the people or even the government to deal with crisis. We have been developing the opendata tools for example our partner Opendream they developed SMS alert system form water telemeters data in Bangkok areas or InfoAid.org has been developed for visualized government data for relief effort after crisis.
The government data in Thailand has positive sign after flood crisis but the on going work particular standard and integrate of data is slow but the most concern is no one in the government talking about opendata approach which to provide API or channel that civil society groups or local communities could access raw data that would be benefit to their communities. we don't expect to wait until the next crisis for the opendata policy.