Archive for July, 2011
It has been some time since I have been in touch, and I apologise for that. I’ll keep this email relatively brief, and had I made the time sooner, I should have sent it a couple of months back.
In short, I am struggling to keep up with my ‘official’ Sahana commitments – although most of you have picked this up already. The main purpose of this email is to just make it official – I need to stand down from all my official Sahana roles – Board, PMCs, GSOC, admin and other relevant committees I am on. This absolutely doesn’t preclude me returning to some roles later, but I do need to make a clean break for the time being.
You shouldn’t read anything more into this other than I’m struggling to put time into SSF activities currently, and I shouldn’t be occupying slots that may be able to be filled by more active people. I quite simply am not in a position to meet any required expectations placed upon me for the foreseeable future.
I’m still absolutely behind Sahana, and as time permits, I’ll be starting on small hands-on projects from the ground up based on observations, experiences and discussions I’ve had as a result of the ongoing run of Christchurch earthquakes. Most of these will be with Sahana Eden, and working on detailed applications such as building information management, managing map production requests within GIS departments, rostering of volunteers, managing radio assets, and managing vehicle logistics.
A related aside – I’ve been interviewed and invited to be ‘under training’ to be a member of the New Zealand Red Cross Information Technology and Telecommunications (IT&T) Emergency Response Unit (ERU). This is one of five worldwide Red Cross IT&T ERU’s than can be deployed to support Red Cross operations to disasters and complex emergencies, and deployments can be up to five weeks in length.