Our leading question in this effort is: if we cannot avoid that natural hazards strike, how can we reduce the consequences?
In the past weeks, the DRL team has been sharing the impressions from our field research with our crowd funders in a Webinar, we have discussed our findings with the colleagues at our institutes, and presented at the Humanitarian Technology and ISCRAM2014 conferences.
Most of our work is publicly available, including our initial insights from the Philippines, a reflection on our research design and on coordination. For all of us, it was great to discuss how technology can support humanitarian operations (see the keynote presentations of Patrick Meier and Ed Happ ), to share our visions for advancing science and research, to get a signature of Gisli's new book … but we are aware that a lot remains to be done!
Walking the line… together. While few researchers have been to the field, many have been collecting and analyzing data about the impact of Haiyan, the response and recovery efforts. We have been trying to understand the context, requirements, needs and to improve technology, tools and systems. Most of this work is still fragmented; also in science, data is often not open. We keep advocating data sharing protocols and better interoperability for emergency managers, and seem utterly unable to open up and share ourselves
To make headway in both aspects, we will publish in the coming weeks a series of blog posts about the Philippines. This will still be exploratory and anecdotal, including subjective reports and reflections from our respective standpoints. We believe that to achieve academic rigor, we need to make room for information sharing and engage in a discussion. We hope you join!