Monday, June 17, 2013

Free Publication: Guidance for Collaborating with Volunteer & Technical Communities

[...] it is difficult to find a single definition of V&TCs to fit every
group’s expertise, structure and raison d'ĂȘtre. They can be largely understood
as volunteer-based communities who apply their technical skills to
support humanitarian response. Some see V&TCs as “networks of
experts”2 who contribute highly specialized products and services, while
1 Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing
in Humanitarian Emergencies, (Washington, D.C. and Berkshire, UK: UN Foundation &
Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership, 2011).
2 Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the World Bank, Volunteer
Technology Communities: open development, (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank,
others characterize V&TCs by the way they structure their communities
around ideals from the so-called Semantic Web:3 the belief in open data,
open-source technologies and non-hierarchical structures. [...]

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Publication: Professional standards for Protection Work

[...]The Professional Standards for Protection Work are a set of minimum standards for humanitarian and human rights actors who engage in protection work, below which organizations are advised not to implement protection activities. In armed conflict and other situations of violence these standards can be seen as an overarching umbrella for other existing sets of standards developed by humanitarian and human rights organizations for their working procedures or in relation to more specific issues.[...]

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