This is a long overdue post, but frankly it’s because we’ve been busy writing the results of our first two workshops, preparing for and attending a Mobile Unconference early November around the use of mobile technology in the context of crises, and agreeing on research support for the project with the TU Delft and the Leiden University new Peace Informatics Lab. Busy times spent on necessary and substantive work … PR had to wait!
Now is the time to reflect on both workshops we had. The first workshop took place on 9-10 October in Geneva with IOM, UNHCR and ICRC. As written in a previous post, OCHA who had initially planned on attending had to cancel their participation at the last minute because of the Ebola crisis. Our second workshop with Free Press Unlimited (FPU) which was kindly hosted by the TU Delft went on as planned on 29 October. Both workshops ran smoothly. Together with all the participants we managed to elicit a great number of features for the PI platform along the following broad categories:
In order to develop a first prototype that can be used by each organization, we also defined a series of user stories. For example, with the ICRC we looked at how we could use PI in support of its current family tracing efforts and manage volunteers. With the UNHCR and IOM we looked at how we could use PI to help profiling and manage camps as well as keep 3W (who does what where) information updated. With FPU, we looked how people could report a security incident.
The results have just been shared back with all the participants of the workshops we held, as well as with our partner Liberia Peacebuilding Office and Amnesty International with whom we still have to hold workshops in the future. We also shared them with OCHA and the OHCHR.
Lessons learned: We learned quite a few lessons organizing and running our first workshop in Geneva. Let me share some:
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