Amidst a vast amount of data and specifications on numerous Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that can help populations in disasters, emergencies, impoverished situations and other scenarios, there are few catalogues that can compile such data into an easy-to-use and easy-to-navigate database. One such effort has been undertaken by the Kopernik Impact Tracker Technology Catalogue, funded by the Impact Economy Innovations Fund in East and Southeast Asia, with support by the Rockefeller Foundation and Asia Community Ventures. The information in the tracker includes Digital Data Collection Maps, SMS Communication Platforms, Geospatial Mapping Tools and Remote Sensor for use by NGOs, social enterprise and community organizations, and other actors seeking to help populations through ICTs. The catalogue is found here: http://impacttrackertech.kopernik.info/
According to the site, “tools in the digital data collection apps and SMS communication platform categories are assessed along the following 5 criteria, which are critical determinants from a user perspective.”
- Affordability: Prices of monthly subscription plans, as well as running costs.
- Usability: Richness and user-friendliness of features offered.
- Rapidity: Ability to send and receive large volumes of data on a real-time basis.
- Scalability: Ability to handle multiple services, multiple users, and high data load at the same time.
- Transferability: Flexibility in using the services for different purposes, sectors, and contexts