[amsat-bb] Pakistan flood relief disaster communications

Daniel Schultz n8fgv at usa.net
Wed Aug 25 20:18:35 PDT 2010

I am forwarding this from the TAPR mailing list in case any Amsat people can
help with this effort.

Dan Schultz N8FGV

The TAPR Office received a telephone inquiry today about the use of Packet 
Radio for relief efforts in Pakistan.  

I asked Jeannie to summarize in an email what kind of information or help  
they were seeking

I felt posting to the tapr-announce list would be the easiest way to get 
the word out.

Please contact Jeannie directly if you can help.

John, W9DDD


To recap, we are interested in HAM radio expertise to help us figure out how
to enable on-the-ground reports communicated through HAM radio to be
compiled into digital maps (e.g., see map created by Ushahidi for Haiti
http://haiti.ushahidi.com/, which we fed SMS and Twitter messages) for use
by relief organizations. This project is within Crisiscommons.org, (
www.crisiscommons.org) and I am the Silicon Valley city lead.
CrisisCommons.org is a volunteer movement of coders for humanitarian relief
in natural disasters, and anyone can jump in and contribute any amount of
effort that they like.

Background information and our current understanding is being recorded at:
Please encourage any interested parties to jump in and edit the page to help
us understand HAM capabilities and technical needs. The goals for defining
requirements is to create an open source software stand-alone or add-on
software to automate collection of HAM-generated information during natural
disasters to a common operating picture.

A team is being sent in for a range of CrisisCommons.org projects; if your
members could help us communicate with the HAM operators in Pakistan, to get
requirements (even by voice), we would love to know more about what they
need and how to help.

A working group will be running in Silicon Valley this Friday from 5-10pm,
and we will have virtual participation. Details at:

Please feel free to forward this email or advertise this project to your
members - the more the merrier.  We did send this information out to the
contact form for the ARRL.

I look forward to any information that you are able to provide!

Jeannie A. Stamberger, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Disaster Management Initiative
NASA Ames Research Campus
Room 107, Building 23
Moffett Field, California
jeannie.stamberger at sv.cmu.edu
+1 (650) 380-1158

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