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Likewise, sharing information might be included among the standard operating procedures imposed by the government on actors during disaster response. U S I N G D ATA A G A I N S T D I S A S T E R S : O V E R V I E W 21 The utility of the system in targeting and monitoring relief efforts must then be made evident. If actors do not experience the usefulness of the system, then efforts to enforce compliance will become less credible. The system should therefore provide regular feedback and periodic briefing notes to participants, including aggregated data and analytical reports that help participants fill their information needs in managing and reporting on their disaster initiatives, while demonstrating clearly how their contribution in information is being used for the benefit of the effectiveness of the response.
Among the initiatives described in the plan—from a flood early warning system to the introduction of drought-resistant crops—is a communications, information management, and coordination system for national emergencies. The plan outlined emergency procedures for government agencies and the nature of the national emergency operations center and regional branches that it proposed. Much of the plan has yet to be realized, and the emergency system is still not entirely in operation. It is significant, however, that the government has begun the task of defining institutional mandates for a permanent disaster response capacity and established a structure for disaster coordination and information sharing that links the capital with communities in disaster-afflicted areas.
Risepak, in Pakistan, and Sahana, in Sri Lanka, were both designed as open access computer-based systems. The developers expected this approach to promote transparency, accountability, and participation. Users were able to U S I N G D ATA A G A I N S T D I S A S T E R S : O V E R V I E W 17 search and organize the data according to location or relief organization, and the data were exportable in spreadsheets. The LSS had been designed with the technical capacity to permit public online access, though this feature was not implemented in Guatemala because of security concerns about the humanitarian supplies.
Data against natural disasters by Amin S.