Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 1:05 PM
To: robots.org; Villa St. Jean; NorCal Mobile Computing SIG
Subject: Re (Success, YES it does!:): Global MapAid supports GPS? (& Scott's WHO CNN Tsunami Report)
Here are 2 resulting developments to wrap-up this Asian Tsunami message thread on…
(1) Fellow Villa St. Jean alumni University of Texas Medical School professor Scott Lillibridge "working in Indonesia with the USAID relief effort as a health officer moving between Banda Aceh and Jakarta" & his "World Health Organization [WHO] health assessment…report on CNN"
(2) On behalf of the NorCal Mobile Computing SIG (NCMCS), my suggested use of " 'Global MapAid' disaster zone mapping software using PDA's with satellite phones", concerning Scott's feedback, "We certainly could have used the PDAs mentioned…particularly if they were linked with a GPS capability…", regarding whether or not GPS works with the software.
I am extremely pleased & excited to report on the following corresponding developments:
(1) Health Officer Scott Lillibridge replied with the 1st "-----Original Message-----" below, regarding his WHO Report, an excerpt from which email reads, "reports are posted on the WHO web site as "Inter Agency Rapid Health Assessment of Western Aceh ..Jan 14-19th "; I've listed below the links to the collection of reports as well as a direct link to the report for the 19th.
(2) Global MapAid Chairman Rupert Douglas-Bate replied with the 2nd "-----Original Message-----" below, regarding an email I thought to send to Global MapAid late last night, concerning interfacing with GPS, asking, "maybe there's a way to get the GPS location cursor, (your current location as you move about) to display superimposed over the GlobalMapAid map…I have heard that some mobile GPS city street map products hardware can be setup to run with other software & other kinds of maps like, for hiking/camping, US Geologic Survey [USGS] maps, with the condition that the map format conform to "standard NMEA output protocol". As a result, Rupert replied, in emails both to me & directly to Scott, regarding Global MapAid GPS support, an excerpt from which email reads, "Dear Scott…In short the answer is 'yes' we do have GPS capability in our system… Global MapAid's mission…is to get accurate maps of disaster relief areas into the hands of aid workers in the field, as quickly as possible, so that they can both navigate and plan effectively, in the effort to save or improve lives…I am coming out to Indonesia in early February with a skilled mapper to do a 2 week evaluation…We are very keen to collaborate …It would also be very good to meet with you…Any advice on where we should start, what to avoid etc. would be gratefully received. Thank you very much…Kind regards…Rupert…Douglas-Bate…Chairman, Global MapAid".
I've added links to Scott's reports, & to a copy of this email, to the amateur robotics web site I maintain, the San Francisco Robotics Society of America (SFRSA), the "Tsunami emergency relief section". Following the links below are the "-----Original Message-----" emails from Scott & Rupert.
Scott Lillibridge's World Health Organization (WHO) "South Asia tsunami situation reports",
"Inter Agency Rapid Health Assessment of Western Aceh", 14 January 2005 - 19 January 2005:
(1) 19 January 2005 Situation report 21
(2) South Asia tsunami situation reports page
SFRSA Tsunami section
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Thanks for the info......reports are posted on the te WHO web site as "Inter Agency Rapid Health Asessment of Western Aceh ..Jan 14-19th....made my way back on one of the relief flights with displaced person to JKT. I will always remember the noise of reconstruction, the heat, the mud, and the all the inspiration organizations working to restore these stricken communities.
20th January 2005
to: Scott Lillibridge
cc: Cliff Thompson
fm: Rupert Douglas-Bate
In short the answer is 'yes' we do have GPS capability in our system.
Our problem is not so much the lack of technology or good people to run it, our problem is the dysfunctional funding cycle. The humanitarian sector swings from feast to famine and back again. Therefore training and equipping in non-emergency (famine) times is relatively difficult, often impossible.
Global MapAid's mission
1) The purpose of Global MapAid is to get accurate maps of disaster relief areas into the hands of aid workers in the field, as quickly as possible, so that they can both navigate and plan effectively, in the effort to save or improve lives.
2) It will do this in two ways:-
First, Global MapAid will meet with the main agencies
already in a disaster area to find out what kind of information and maps they
Second, Global MapAid will send out teams of local aid workers to collect data on handheld PDAs. At regular intervals the information collected will be sent by satellite phone to a mapping base located in the disaster area itself. The data will then be made into maps that can be printed and given to aid workers. These maps can be also downloaded onto the Internet and sent to aid workers in other areas.
3) Technically, all this can be done but there will be
stumbling blocks, too. At present, the greatest of these is the need for funds.
Global MapAid will look for funds from corporations in the
I am coming out to Indonesia in early February with a skilled mapper to do a 2 week evaluation in order to be able to write a main plan for our humanitarian mapping intervention.
It would be most helpful to know before I come, what, if any, humanitarian mapping has been accomplished and by whom.
We are very keen to collaborate with existing mapping teams or skilled people, especially Indonesian.
It would also be very good to meet with you.
Any advice on where we should start, what to avoid etc. would be gratefully recieved. Thank you very much.
Chairman, Global MapAid
+44 7951 958758