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May 2015
May 08 2015 18:27
[devrndwalker (guest)] Anyone alive?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Alive here.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] But looks like you're already gone. (foreveralone)
[devrndwalker (guest)] No I'm not gone. At least I thnk not.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Oh you're a bot.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Irc is nothing today but silence punctuated by the empty chatter of bots.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Oh! Sorry, didn't see you on the guest list in hipchat. We have some sorcery that @Robbie put together to keep all of our different chats in sync.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] and I'm totally not a bot
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Need some help with something?
[devrndwalker (guest)] Now it's a turing test.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Yes perhaps. What is your relation to Ushahidi?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] I'm a techie at Ushahidi
[devrndwalker (guest)] I'm trying to cook up a technical team to aid the system Kathmandu Living Labs setup.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Have you been watching
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Yep, I wrote some features for them last week
[devrndwalker (guest)] You did...
May 08 2015 18:33
[devrndwalker (guest)] Then you will definitely be able to give some advice.
[devrndwalker (guest)] I'm on the ground here in Kathmandu, trying to organize some of the unorganized volunteer efforts.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] I'm brianherbert on github
[devrndwalker (guest)] should be a useful tool for individuals and orgs, but it turns out it isn't being used.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Are you in touch with their team?
[devrndwalker (guest)] I talked to Sazal today, of KLL, and it seems they're sorely lacking a technical team to quickly develop features
[devrndwalker (guest)] I'm not of KLL, but right now they seem utterly swamped. The Ushahidi coders they have (2 from Nepal Monitor) are part-time and mainly deal with bugs and stuff.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Do you have something you're wanting to help them out with specifically?
[devrndwalker (guest)] I'm actually interested in developing a site to coordinate unorganized volunteers, and I want to see how good quakemaps can get
[devrndwalker (guest)] so there can be integration between the two services
[devrndwalker (guest)] There are many specifics.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Well that version of the Ushahidi platform isn't really supported very well anymore. We've been focusing our efforts on a newer version.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] If you're building something new, it might be worthwhile giving it a look
[devrndwalker (guest)] Apparently they've deployed 2.7, but had to hack it a biit to run 2.6 plugins.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Yeah, that sounds right
[devrndwalker (guest)] I'll give a couple specifics.
May 08 2015 18:38
[devrndwalker (guest)] First, the output / print functionality could be considerably improved. When viewing status reports, the filters on the sidebar don't do much. Better to have an advanced search functionality with check boxes.
[devrndwalker (guest)] The status reports are just blocks of text. There are no clickable links to anything. Data is not being collected into a database. We can't search by tents, for example, and see which place has received the most or the least.
[devrndwalker (guest)] There are no responder profiles, so we can't easily keep track of who is doing what.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Yeah, some of those types of problems are being addressed in our rewrite
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Especially the custom forms / filters
[devrndwalker (guest)] Although there is a comment function, there is no nice UX to indicate which problems have been solved. That's mainly a question of visibility I think.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Man this is insane.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Can present quakemaps data be migrated to the new system?
[devrndwalker (guest)] or do we need to start from zero?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] The new system isn't ready yet, which is why they're deploying v2+
[devrndwalker (guest)] I see.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] a v2 to v3 migration path is on the roadmap
[devrndwalker (guest)] What's the timeline on that?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] months
[devrndwalker (guest)] right
[devrndwalker (guest)] Are you saying we've hit the limit of what Ushahidi can do right now?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] I would suggest working with them on any features they need since we don't run their map
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] and you're welcome to submit pull requests on the platform
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] but we're putting our efforts behind v3
[devrndwalker (guest)] I thought perhaps, outside the Ushahidi team itself, you might know interested coders willing to spend time on quakemaps.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] We don't have a list of volunteers ready to deploy, but you might want to work with the Standby Taskforce
May 08 2015 18:43
[devrndwalker (guest)] Can you give info on the ST?
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] They are currently working with the KLL team
[devrndwalker (guest)] Checking..
[devrndwalker (guest)] They are beginning to coordinate effectively and help is truly arriving. The people on the ground now have better information than we have.
[devrndwalker (guest)] This is really not true, from a technological point of view.
[devrndwalker (guest)] The Nepal govt a few days ago apparently restricted non-governmental assessments. This from a KLL guy.
[devrndwalker (guest)] usage has flatlined.
[devrndwalker (guest)] People are drawing on their personal networks
[devrndwalker (guest)] Sometimes hitting the right place, sometimes ont.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Well, like I said, you might want to coordinate with them if they're in need of more functionality. We can help you answer technical questions if you're hacking on it.
May 08 2015 18:48
[devrndwalker (guest)] But anyway the update for you: "this mission, for Nepal, right now, must end.
[devrndwalker (guest)] [Whatever standbytaskforce was about, they finished.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Alright, what do you need from us?
[devrndwalker (guest)] Well, I'll be conducting a Reddit AMA in about 48 hours.
[devrndwalker (guest)] We'll be discussing and the relation of informationtechnology and the relief effort in general.
[devrndwalker (guest)] I want to put together a team who can build some functionality into quakemaps.
[devrndwalker (guest)] If you think of something, you can contact me at
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Will do, if we come in contact with anyone who wants to help support a sustained response, we'll put them in touch.
[devrndwalker (guest)] Your enthusiasm is overwhelming.
May 08 2015 18:53
[devrndwalker (guest)] Cheers.
[Brian Herbert, Ushahidi] Alright, like I said though, we aren't coordinating any response from our end. You'll really want to work with the KLL team.