Eric is the CEO of Ovio - https://ovio.org. Ovio is developing a platform making it easier for developers to contribute to open-source. In parallel, they are helping social impact projects go open-source and are working with the US government, the UN World Food Programme, and others.
The rapid growth in Earth Observation data to monitor climate hazards has created new opportunities to leverage technology and data science to reduce the risk of droughts, floods, and tropical storms. But there are still significant barriers in accessing and using Earth Observation data operationally, especially in countries with limited resources - which are also the most affected by climate change. To help overcome some of these challenges, the UN World Food Program has developed an open source software solution called PRISM, which simplifies the process for creating an interactive web-based mapping application built on React that can visualize and analyze climate hazard data published through OGC standard web services. During this talk, we’ll present the problem we aimed to solve, the technology choices we’ve made, and our rationale for opting to go open source for this solution.