Paul expresses some frustration about difficulties with getting into the country.
- A Sahana instance is being set up for the use of anybody who needs it, with the support of INSTEDD and possible uptake by NetHope members.
- Direct Relief International have done up a KMZ file of health facilities in-country, based on the WHO 2002 Global Health Atlas.
- OCHA are prepping a HIC to support the existing Myanmar Information Management Unit, who have already put out some W3 maps.
- UNOSAT have also got their sat on with a KMZ file of the cyclone path and the usual satellite mapping.
- Ditto ITHACA, who have released a series of satellite maps showing the impact of Nargis.
- ReliefWeb’s info stream on Cyclone Nargis is of course like drinking water from a hose, with their map filter probably most useful.
- The WorldWideHelp blog roars into action with all the news that’s fit to blog.
- A couple of the mailing list discussions that I’m on are talking about ways in which we might leverage cellphone and/or satellite phone communications if they become available, particularly for tracking relief and relief personnel.
- Digital Globe and Geo-Eye have hopped the NASA satellite for an updating KML layer on the cyclone.
- Microsoft apparently have a team on standby to deploy the refugee tracking software that was developed for Kosovo (no reference yet).
- Telecoms sans Frontieres are also on standby out of Bangkok, waiting for access to free up.
- Also Infoworld points out that - with regards to early warning - IT didn’t fail Myanmar, people did. ...
From: Cyclone Nargis, you know?, May 10, 2008