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'être. 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. [...]

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