When a few humanitarians got together to discuss how incredibly useful new technology has been for things like assessments, project evaluation and data collection overall, they knew there was a need to do more than just talk. The technology is out there, able to help aid agencies save time, money, conserve resources and much more. With the snap of a photo, one can collect spacial information for maps and graphics and automatically store it securely. From distant field locations data can be uploaded as it’s collected; no more waiting days for info to return back to the nearest office or headquarters. Adopting this type of technology can change humanitarian response activities and information management for the better. With these ideas in mind, The NOMAD project was born.
After many workshops and brainstorming sessions with a number of NGOs, experts from iMMAP and CartONG took the lead. The project has been developed and strengthened in consult with colleagues throughout the humanitarian community, in particular humanitarian information management with field experience and wherewithal to know what works and what simply seems like a good idea. After several field pilots, NOMAD is getting ready to launch officially.
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