It’s Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from GeoThings, Taiwan. I am now working with a group of ICT specialist/developer. As a team, we sit in the middle of voluntary communities, government agencies, and NGOs (humanitarian organization or standardization organization), for the development of something called “Humanitarian ICT”.
We worked with OSM/HOT Mappers, where we see the power of volunteered geographic information. We worked with Crisis Mappers, where we see the energy of crowdsourcing. We worked as the assistant staff of central/local government, where we learned the work flow in response to disaster in different countries. We worked as the voluntary member of NGO, where we saw the needs of ICT tools to ease the complexity of handling paper works during emergency.
We also co-work with Asian Development Bank on OSM mapping, environment survey, and crisis mapping with the ICT tools for the capacity building to disaster resilience in some Asian countries. We found most of those stakeholders, responsible to disaster preparedness/response/relief, need the detailed basemap plus crowdsourced information for knowing the situation and response. With the detail tagged OSM data by community that including level, material, even the visual condition, warning and evacuation can be performed earlier, and that is just critical for emergency response. That’s the reason why we think HOT is essential, is important. This also made us feel like to contribute to HOT, even we are just some random ICT Geeks :-p
In this diary, I kept saying “we”, cause I’m not alone. There’s a great team who have got my back, and the lovely HOT community members to support the global humanitarian activities. However, it also about me and my personal commitment to HOT, for the further involvement/engagement with HOT, for my contribution to HOT. As a leader working between Humanitarian ICT, governments and communities, I have demonstrated the ability to negotiate change and support strategic planning. In this time, I have learned how to bridge the traditional humanitarian needs with those of the communities. I believe we definitely can deliver the further impact, together with the team and HOT. This is why I would like to run for the board :-)