From Random Hacks of Kindness
 Browser Alerts Problem Definition
Show emergency alerts (hurricane, tsunami, tornado, warnings, etc) in browsers. Constrain to IP geolocations in warning area. Start with a desktop plugin, migrate to a native browser feature, meld with CAP standard, deploy as a mobile application. Enable forwarding of message to friends/contacts.
- Compatible with all major browsers
- Very robust hackproofing/verification mechanism(s)
- Who has access to inputs? How is this different in different countries/areas?
- Can this be made less text-dependent to make it more universally understandable without translations?
 Use Cases
1. A string of tornadoes is bearing down on the US Midwest.
2. A tsunami is expected to hit the eastern coastline of New Zealand.
- Ability for users to opt-in/opt-out?
- Data display considerations (CAP-based?): issuing agency, area of impact, severity of impact, estimated time of impact, etc.
- Turn off alert once acknowledged/read or leave on and stream updates?
- Consider color (red?) to communicate urgency
- How to communicate sense of urgency while reducing/mitigating false alarms as a result of IP geolocation imprecision?
- Provide ability to pass the information on through several outlets: email friend, sms friend, post to FB, etc.
 --Gavintreadgold 03:23, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
- Repository for Wordpress CAP extension in http://bitbucket.org/dxc/alertcl (Mercurial)
- Repository for Firefox CAP Plugin in http://bitbucket.org/dxc/capalerts (Mercurial)
- Here is a blog post from 2009 that I wrote about this idea - Firefox Browser CAP Alerting Plugin
- We had a successful prototype developed by one of our 2009 Google Summer of Code projects for the Sahana Software Foundation - see Sahana CAP Firefox Plugin
- As part of this project we also developed a CAP aggregator within Sahana - Sahana CAP Aggregator
- Please consider extending this work that has already been undertaken ;)
- CAP is the Emergency Data eXchange Language (EDXL) Common Alerting Protocol extension managed by the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee.
- Sahana Agasti already has an Alerting and Messaging module that is capable of producing CAP alerts as well.
- This should probably be merged with the Developing Plugins for CAP Disaster Alerts idea.
 RSS Feeds
Links where the RSS were finded:
- Global Tsunami data:
- http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/rss/tsunamirss.xml WC/ATWC - most recent message
- http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/feeds/ptwc_rss_caribe.xml PTWC - Caribbean Sea
- http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/feeds/ptwc_rss_indian.xml PTWC - Indian Ocean
- http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/feeds/ptwc_rss_hawaii.xml PTWC - Hawai`i
- http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/feeds/ptwc_rss_pacific.xml PTWC - Pacific Ocean
- Global Earthquake:
- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/catalogs/1day-M2.5.xml Past 1 day, Major 2,5º
- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/catalogs/eqs1day-M2.5.xml Past 1 day, Major 2,5º
- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/catalogs/7day-M2.5.xml Past 7 days, Major 2,5º
- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/catalogs/7day-M5.xml Past 7 days, Major 5º
- http://volcano.wr.usgs.gov/rss/vhpcaprss.xml|U.S. Volcanoes
- Hurricanes, Tornados:Retrieved from "http://wiki.rhok.org/Browser_Alerts"
Friday, 26 November 2010
Browser Alerts - Random Hacks of Kindness