NYCP convenes communities, experts and technologists to create locally appropriate software solutions that help coordinate activities across all phases of an incident for all major functions carried out by nonprofits.
The NYC:Prepared Steering Committe consists of three main groups of stakeholders: operations team (Sarapis), relief community and technology providers. The operations team developed the first version of the NYC:Prepared software toolset, writes technical documentation and specifications, conducts trainings and convenes the quarterly steering committee.
The steering committee’s responsibilities include:
Coordinating roll-out, organizing training and implementing NYCP solutions
Maintaining and approving data models (schema and taxonomies)
Creating and prioritizing requests for changes to the software systems
Managing steering committee membership
Helping raise the funds needed to sustain the NYCP project
At the heart of the NYC:Prepared initiative is the software toolset, which consists of three free/libre/open-source software systems, each of which is well established and used by some of the world’s most effective government agencies, humanitarian organizations and media companies. These tools are:
Software: Sahana EDEN; Also used by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC); Technology Provider: AidIQ
This powerful platform functions as a community “intranet” to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery through functions like directories, request queues (donations and volunteers), GIS and data visualization, logistics (shipping, inventory and asset management) and news/events sharing. Fully integrated with social media.
Software: WordPress; Also used by CNN; Technology Provider: Glocal
For non-profits unable to build their own websites, our site builder tool provides them with a website with the most commonly requested features such as news and events publishing, email newsletter delivery, social media integration, form building, data management and more.
Software: CKAN; Also Used by UNOCHA’s HDX; Technology Provider: Ontodia
Our data repository contains a collection of over 100 datasets crucial to improving community resilience, such as elevation files, flood projections, community district boundaries, census tracts, points of interest and more.
We are committed to building open-source solutions because we believe every community should have the ability to access, customize and contribute to emergency management software platforms. Unlike proprietary solutions, which are often designed to lock clients into their platforms by placing their information into silos, our open source solutions make data as portable and interoperable as possible through import/exports features and APIs. The widely recognized data interoperability advantage of open source is why major humanitarian institutions that share large amounts of information (UNOCHA, the IFRC, World Bank, US GSA) are moving from proprietary to open source software and data platforms.