“NetHope’s Open Humanitarian Initiative (OHI)” GisliOlafsson, Emergency Response Director, NetHope, Inc. September 12, 2013
OVERVIEW • Presentation and discussion on NetHope’s OHI: • OHI’s mission, key focus areas, and future plans for enhancing incident management information sharing technology and capacity building; • NetHope’s experiences with partnership building, stakeholder engagement, and critical areas of governance and planning; and • Exploration of how NetHope’s experiences can inform your organization’s initiatives/activities. • Information about the NISC: • Mission, strategic goals, and activities; and • Diverse member community and how to join.
Open Humanitarian Initiative Bringing humanitarian responseto the network age
Why? • Having access to the right information during humanitarian response can mean the difference between life and death. • Information and communication access is a basic need. • We must not only share information with each other, but more importantly with the affected communities. http://unocha.org/HINA
How? • Define common goals to aim for • Bring together all the actors required • Drive funding towards this important aspect
Key principles • Participant drive effort • Help existing efforts scale rather than reinventing the wheel • Not everyone has to participate in every effort, but rather choses areas of focus • Broad public-private partnership • Aim for impact!
Timeline Open Humanitarian Incubator (Feb 2013-Dec 2013)
ABOUT THE NISC • Launched June 2012 • Founding Members • State of Oregon; Commonwealth of Virginia; State of California; City of Charlottesville, VA; City of Charlotte, NC • Community Building • Interest in bringing together emergency management, IT, GIS first responder, and public safety communities across federal, regional, tribal, state, and local government • Voluntary Information Sharing • Governance documents, information sharing plans, standard operating procedures, and software code/documentation, etc.
ABOUT THE NISC(cont.) • MISSION • Bring together data owners, custodians, and users involved in the fields of homeland security, public safety, and emergency management and response to leverage efforts related to governance, development, and sharing of technology, data processes, and best practices. • VISION • Common, shared situational awareness capabilities will exist in every state, territory, and the District of Columbia. • Information will be found, discovered, and shared effortlessly across all levels of government. • Every community across the nation will be resilient in the face of disaster or emergency.
ABOUT THE NISC(cont.) • STRATEGIC GOALS • GOAL 1: Enhance national situational awareness capabilities • GOAL 2: Enhance and standardize national information sharing capabilities by maximizing access to and the use of available data • GOAL 3: Provide support to EMAC and mutual aid efforts across the nation • GOAL 4: Sustain the NISC as an independent consortium • Download the 2013-2017 NISC Strategic Plan at www.nisconsortium.org
ABOUT THE NISC(cont.) • ELIGIBLE MEMBERS • First responders • GIS practitioners • State/local/tribal emergency management information & communications officers • Mission-critical NGOs • Private partners • Civic leaders • Federal agencies For a complete list of NISC member organizations, go to www.nisconsortium.org
WHAT THE NISC BRINGS TO YOU Three major areas of activity: Resource Exchange Collaboration Space Education & Training • Practitioner-developed Resources • Sample MOAs/templates • Trainings • Policy/guidance documents • Lessons learned • NISC-curated Resources • Best practices analyses, fact sheets, tip sheets • Case studies • Aggregated information • Technology Store and Data Pipeline • Application code • Data sets • Downloadable applications • (limited or unlimited sharing; unlimited publish or limited publish) • Events • Monthly Webinars • Educational Seminars • NISC Annual Summit • Technical Assistance • Brokerage of subject matter expertise • Initiative-focused Work Groups • Member Working Groups • Discipline focused • Topic focused • Solutions focused
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE NISC • PERSPECTIVE—as a practitioner, no one is better positioned to convey the needs, experiences, and priorities of our sector. You are the voice of the NISC. • KNOWLEDGE—as a practitioner, no one is better positioned to provide lessons learned, case studies, and best practices to other stakeholders. You are the subject matter experts. • SENSE OF COMMUNITY—as a practitioner, no one is better positioned to support other stakeholders who are vested in a universal, shared interest. You comprise the culture.
JOIN US! • Members join on behalf of their organization • Members are required to sign the NISC Memorandum of Agreement • Sharing of any resource, data set, or technology code is completely voluntary • TO JOIN • Review membership categories at www.nisconsortium.org • Request MOA: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or use on website • Sign and submit MOA to email@example.com