Weekly wrap up - 27 March 2015

The past week, the first of a development sprint entitled Johnny Cash, was another exciting one for the Humanitarian ID project. Although many of the major feature additions to-date since the Philippines mission have been more administrator or back-end focused, they have been completed to bring features to our "regular" responders as well as country-specific managers.  

At the end of the week, we released a new version of the application and it contained a couple big features that we are really excited about. The first was for all responders - contact lists that can be printed! We now provide both a browser version (so that you can quickly view and print) and PDF export. We knew that printing the contact list would be critically important and many expressed the same need during our visit to the Philippines.

One beautiful aspect is that "what you see is what you get" meaning that you can apply whatever search filters you want to the contact lists and when you choose to export, you get exactly the contacts you had in your list.  Below is a screen capture of the PDF export of the full contact list.  [A couple PDF examples: full contact list | OCHA Philippines]


The second major feature is for our local managers - quick actions. As a way to make the system even more efficient and enjoyable to use, we have introduced what we call "quick actions" for managers.  These are effectively short-cuts to high-frequency actions such as profile Edit, Check-in, Check-out, Reminder emails, Delete, Verity/Un-verify, and Key Contact.


  The team has also been working on:

  1. the ability to lock a crisis which means that we can make a contact list only available to verified users,
  2. translations for Arabic and Russian (as we know language is important),
  3. profile field updates and changes,
  4. data validation (phone numbers, organizations, etc.), and
  5. final review of all the data and video collected in the Philippines.

It has been an exciting week to see these features come online.  For the week going forward, the team will continue to work on profile form improvements (including the profile picture that was so hotly demanded in the Philippines), system compression (to work even better in low bandwidth situations), locked crisis completion, and enabling multiple disasters per country.

One piece at a time, The Humanitarian ID Team