US: In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Chamber of Commerce, Development Seed – a data visualisation and mapping team, launched the Pacific Rim Coordination Center (PRCC) at the annual APEC Leaders Meeting. The PRCC maps preparedness projects, alongside risk and vulnerability data and recent historical events.
These three layers of data — projects, risk and vulnerability, and 20 years of historical data — provide context for decision makers from corporations and the government to see where there are gaps in disaster preparedness and coordinate together to address them. Right now the PRCC’s main focus is collecting more project data to be able to conduct a comprehensive analysis.
The US Secretary Hilary Clinton announced the PRCC platform in her remarks at the high-level policy dialogue on disaster resilience. She said, “I applaud launch of the Pacific Rim Coordination Center. This is a partnership between the US Chamber of Commerce and USAID that creates an online platform with open data and social networking and informational tools that citizens and officials can use to save lives.”
Al Martinez-Fonts, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said, “I have learned that while we are all in this together, we don’t always do the best job of building the right relationships before a disaster strikes. We are too often siloed, even within sectors and organisations. With USAID, we are trying to do a better job of communicating and coordinating the types of data and information that are needed in this resiliency work.”
Source: Development Seed