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Open data for better resilience

Data can be used to mitigate climate risks, but also to respond effectively in case of extremes events

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Resilience (*) The capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to adapt, by resisting or changing in order to reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning and structure. This is determined by the degree to which the social system is capable of organizing itself to increase its capacity for learning from past disasters for better future protection and to improve risk reduction measures. (UN/ISDR, 2004) (*) ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE: KEY TERMS, 2006 (OECD and IEA)to the Annex I Expert Group on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) There are two sets of actions: a) Mitigation; b) Extreme events response. For both, data is needed to answer simple (and critical) questions as: what should be done to mitigate risks? What it is a priority? What community should be addressed first? What plans can be design to respond to an extreme event? To be able to answer these questions, data is in the bottom of the “Knowledge" pyramid (can check: http://www.systemswiki.org/index.php?title=Data,_Information,_Knowledge_and_Wisdom Gathering this data (for example) on simple metrics as: demographics, consumption patterns, can help building a more resilient community.

WHO BENEFITS?

Cities (and other authorities that manage climate change impacts, as civil protection, NGO´s), and communities are the ultimate beneficiaries of a better response and mitigation systems.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” H. James Harrington Using open data allows better collaboration across other people and organizations, namely because allows to combine multiple sources of data to create new insights. There are great examples on how simple systems and tools can be used (or created) to feed data streams, like "Google Crisis Response (https://www.google.org/crisisresponse/) as: a) Google Public Alerts; b) Google Person Finder; c) Google Crisis Map; d) Google Maps Engine Lite; e) Google Docs and Spreadsheets; f) Google Fusion Tables; (...) Some countries (namely the addressed countries), are having a fast penetration of mobile phones (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/africa-phone-study_n_7081868.html) so, this small devices can be used to feed data streams and also be used to help communities. (Side note: some places may not have access to internet or energy, still, projects like "Project Loon" - Balloon powered internet for everyone (https://www.google.com/loon/) are trying to address that important matter.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • I'm not sure

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Any local solution had to be built with the communities for a better understanding of the needs, problems. Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen https://www.ted.com/talks/ernesto_sirolli_want_to_help_someone_shut_up_and_listen

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Would be happy to contribute as a part of the team building on our previous ideas and future consultations

Photo of Diana Vieira Fernandes
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Great! Thank you (all help and ideas are welcome) :)