How Technical Communities Are Helping Engineer Better Responses to Global Crises

Title: How Technical Communities Are Helping Engineer Better Responses to Global Crises
Author: Jennifer Chan
Source: Huffington Post
Date (published): 21/05/2015
Date (accessed): 27/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: One resource many humanitarian organizations turn to during a crisis is the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN), a group of digital volunteers who expand response capacity during humanitarian crises such as the recent Nepal earthquake and Ebola outbreak in West Africa. DHN has volunteers ready to assist at a moment's notice. The network offers a variety of skill sets for supporting the work of humanitarian organizations. A few include mapping, data visualization, translation, and emergency telecommunication. DHN brings people together to respond to crises and helps alleviate potential backlogs of resources by streamlining the overall process and increasing the speed of response.

Well being in Digital Media– conference videos available!

More than 50 international experts representing 20 countries from across 5 continents gathered in Israel for the first international conference Well Being in Digital Media. The conference was held under the auspices of UNESCO and its intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP). Some of the presentations are available now on YouTube!

The Well Being in Digital Media conference was held from 17 - 19 February 2014 in Beer Sheba, Israel. The event was organized by the Israel National Commission for UNESCO and its National IFAP Committee along with the Department of Education at Ben Gurion University, the Sammy Ofer School of Communication at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya and the Open University of Israel.

The conference took place in two phases consisting of a two-day expert conference followed by a one-day conference aimed at raising awareness amongst the general public. The participants sought to deepen understanding of how the long-term interactions between digital media, on one hand and individuals and society on the other, are affecting well-being. The experts also focused on the development of indicators and the establishment of a program to measure and assess well-being.

For those who were not able to attend, some of the more important and more interesting presentations were made available through the Well-Being in Digital Media YouTube Channel. Notable presentations include Roni Aviram’s Well Being in Digital Media: What it is all about , Yoram Eshet’s Digital Literacy and Well Being , or László Z. Karvalics’ The Long Tail of Online News , among others.
For other lectures, visit the Well-Being in Digital Media YouTube Channel
Conference website

Cleanweb For Development - An Introduction

Title: Cleanweb For Development - An Introduction
Authors: Anna Lerner, Oriol Pascual, Zhenia Viatchaninova
Source: The World Bank
Date (accessed): 18/05/2015
Type of information: research study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The growth of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the increased importance of clean technology has allowed for a new cleantech paradigm. Traditionally, clean technology investments in renewable energy, mobility, and water management hardware have required high upfront capital and long implementation periods. Cleanweb, a sub-category of cleantech is a rapidly deployable, relatively low-cost alternative leading to a more efficient use of re- sources and a reduced environmental impact.

Lens turns smartphone into a microscope: Costs only 3 cents

Title: Lens turns smartphone into a microscope: Costs only 3 cents
Source: ScienceDaily
Date (published): 04/05/2015
Date (accessed): 18/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Researchers have created an optical lens that can be placed on an inexpensive smartphone to magnify images by a magnitude of 120, all for just 3 cents a lens.

Mobile app helps teachers to support literacy efforts

Title: Mobile app helps teachers to support literacy efforts
Source: Development Innovations Cambodia
Date (accessed): 08/05/2015
Type of information: case study
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Each year Cambodian schools struggle to recruit enough teachers to meet the growing school-age population. The average student-teacher ratio is approximately 46 to one, with classrooms in some provinces exceeding 62 students per instructor. The shortage is particularly acute in primary schools. In order to mitigate the critical shortage of teachers and promote strong foundations for literacy in Grades 1 & 2, World Education’s Technology for Education Systems Transformation project (TEST) developed a mobile application that automates student reading assessments using mobile tablet computers.

Crowd-Sourced Flood Report App Allows Quick Evacuations in Jakarta

Title: Crowd-Sourced Flood Report App Allows Quick Evacuations in Jakarta
Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA
Date (published): 27/04/2015
Date (accessed): 08/05/2015
Type of information: application
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A new Android smart phone app developed with Japan's help allows Jakarta residents to share real-time, map-based information on flooding in the metropolitan area.

Mobile for Development - mHealth Country Feasibility Report: Zambia

Title: Mobile for Development - mHealth Country Feasibility Report: Zambia
Date (accessed): 08/05/2015
Type of information: research report
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This report aims to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the current state of mHealth in Zambia. Information has been gathered and presented in the context of the GSMA Pan-African mHealth Initiative and more specifically is aligned to the aim of the 10-country GSMA nutrition initiative - to develop commercially sustainable mHealth services that meet public health needs, in the areas of demand generation, registration and data surveillance.

ICT skills set to develop with new MOU in Kenya

Title: ICT skills set to develop with new MOU in Kenya
Source: IT News Africa
Date (published): 27/04/2015
Date (accessed): 02/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will enable ICT skills training for up to 300 000 teachers.

Why a mobile-technology revolution needs teachers

Title: Why a mobile-technology revolution needs teachers
Author: Caroline Schmitt
Source: Deutsche Welle
Date (published): 02/04/2015
Date (accessed): 02/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Mobile tech is revolutionizing banking and farming in Africa. But when it comes to education, it's increasing the gap between rural and urban communities. The solution to this dilemma may surprise you.

FarmDrive: A Young Woman in ICT4Ag – A Case Study

Title: FarmDrive: A Young Woman in ICT4Ag – A Case Study
Author: Peris Bosire
Source: CTA - The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation
Date (published): 23/04/2015
Date (accessed): 02/05/2015
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is very often perceived as a male-dominated field. But CTA's experience through the Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project, has shown quite a different picture.

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