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[liberationtech] Victeams- advise

Mary Joyce marycjoyce at
Mon Sep 20 08:59:02 PDT 2010

Hi Patricia,

My first thought is whether it is necessary to build a new digital
monitoring tool.  There are already FrontlineSMS and RapidSMS to aggregate
SMS data and Ushahidi, which aggregates SMS as well as any RSS stream (I
believe).  It might be possible to fill the needs of VicTEAMS with an
existing tool, which would save time and money and result is a more
resilient tool (more testing, move developers, fewer bugs).

Could you explain more about the specific needs of VicTEAMS and why you are
deciding to develop a new tool?


On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Patricia Ortiz <patricia at>wrote:

> Hello all,
> I've followed your latest discussions on LT which have encouraged me to
> write and ask for your... advise! I represent VicTEAMS, a crime mapping
> initiative in Venezuela. Statistics around crime are highly obscure and
> censored in Venezuela, and we're trying to break through with user generated
> crime-reports on a mapping platform (over 60% of victims never report, since
> there is an over 90% impunity rate and almost half of the crime gangs have a
> law-enforcement officer involved.) There's a post on the LT blog. I don't
> want to go into detail here in case its not appropriate; I'm writing because
> we are just starting of, we're a very small team with no funding yet and
> wanting experienced advise.
> Most respectable organizations in Venezuela that deal with Human Rights and
> Violence/ Victimization issues have backed us up on an advisory level, but
> because of the nature of it
> (technology based organizations have just started, many around election process with the upcoming elections.),
> we wanted international help too, as it is planed for VicTEAMS to become an
> replicable tool in other countries.
> Here's a little peak on the situation:
> If any of you would be interested on discussing it, please let me know.
> Patricia Ortiz
> --
> Patricia Ortiz Keme
> phone: 650 995 3512
> email: patricia at
> portizkeme at
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