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The Information Management Tool training

IM tool training

Last December I took part to the Food Security Cluster Information Management Tool Training, organized by the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC).

This was the second training hosted by the gFSC and it built on recommendations and lessons learned from the pilot training which took place in Rome in July 2014. The training focused on teaching participants about core IM concepts, what the FSC IM Tool is and how it can facilitate the FSC IM process.

Information Management is one of the core Food Security Cluster functions. Recognizing the need for the country-level Food Security Clusters to take a holistic approach to data collection and sharing, the gFSC has been developing a web-based IM tool for cluster systems and partners to use to collect, analyse and report on food security responses.

While the IM tool will make data collection, processing and response analysis globally comparable, it is flexible enough to be able to be tailored to different country contexts. By producing standard reports and maps the IM tool can help in visualizing gaps and overlaps of partner responses, and ultimately help in avoiding duplication of humanitarian assistance, especially considering issues of food availability, access and utilization. Consistent information sharing by partners will facilitate project tracking and monitoring, and ultimately result in evidence based decision making for strategic intervention and improved implementation. Furthermore, use of the IM tool will enhance the dissemination of timely and accurate information for advocacy efforts by clusters.

My interest was mainly in understanding what kind of data is collected during emergencies and how we can use that data in order to communicate effectively about acrisis. I see great potentialities in this data if well managed.

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How to describe a crisis on the web?

In the last months we were able to create a pretty new template for the FAO in emergencies website to talk about the ongoing humanitarian crisis around the world.

The layout is very modern and dynamic. To do so, we used some of the latest tweaks and effects to make communication about such complex events much easier! Now stories, documents, photos, videos and data are all accessible from one place, in a visual and quick way.

In the example below you can see the page dedicated to the Crisis in South Sudan. CAR, Madagascar and Philippines have also theirs.

south-sudan-crisis

 


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FAO in emergencies mobile App

After long, but good work, we released the NEW FAO in emergencies mobile App for iPhone and iPad.

It is publicly available on iTunes and it is free.

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With the App is possible to access most of the content of the FAO in emergencies website, with a specific focus on the emergency projects that FAO is implementing.


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Evolving the “FAO in emergency” website

Since the publication of the new FAO in emergency website, we tried to understand what people want to know about Emergency and how to show it in the best way.

As a result of this enquiry, we just launched the first big evolution of the site, most of which is visible in the home page:

new stuff of the website

The main changes are:

  1. The all new Project Highlights & Contributions section.
  2. The possibility to find all the content about a Country/Region/Crisis immediately in the Country/Region/Crisis page: check the Lesotho page or the Madagascar locust crisis page, for examples.
  3. The addition of new tools in the homepage:
    • A “Multimedia” box which shows the latest 3 videos/photo-galleries uploaded, and
    • The “Latest Documents” box which shows the latest 5 documents uploaded.


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It is out!

It took long but now it is out! The new FAO in emergencies website has been published and is available at www.fao.org/emergencies/

FAO in emergencies

I think this is a very good step ahead: complete reorganization, much more content, much more usability, social features and a new approach in the content creation with the site ready to host every new content produced in the “field”.

Have a look at all the main changes we made.

More is in preparation and you will see before summer.


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Next objective is…

Long long time, no see!

It has been long time ago I wrote my last post and now I hope to be back, able to write more about what I’m actually doing as manager of the online communication of FAO in emergencies.

The next big objective is the launch of the new website which is scheduled early next October. The Team has been working hardly on it both on the technical and the content side. Changes do not involve only technical aspects but mainly the way the Division is communicating about its activities, getting people from the field more and more involved in it.

We are working on three main directions:

  • present a RESTYLED website,
  • increase the VISIBILITY, and
  • propose more CONTENT from the field

Interaction and dynamism will be key to get the users involved and interested in the content. Images will help posts in giving a clear description of what FAO is doing in the management of emergency situations all over the world. Contributions from the officers in the field will highlight the engagement of the organization in emergency and devolopment activities.


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Good news: I’ll take care of the FAO Emergency web activities

This week I have a very good news!

I’m  going to take care of the FAO Emergency Division website together with the related social media and the internet communication.

FAO Emergency

This is a very important news!

And now let’s  start working on the open issues.

First question is: how many people do browse the website and who are they?