Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS)Entry ID: FAO_GIEWS
Abstract: The GIEWS Workstation is a web mapping application that gives access to food security related information and serves as main information management tool at global, regional and national levels. The aim of the Workstation is to harmonize food security and early warning data within/across countries and to strengthen analytical capacity of key national institutions to support food security policy ... formulation and emergency interventions.
The Workstation includes software tools to analyze food security implications of natural and man-made disasters. These tools allow users to process historical and recent data in order to detect anomalies of environmental and economic factors (e.g. drought; excessive increase of market prices) that may reduce local populations’ capacity to access key food items. The application also includes text management tools that facilitate the compilation and dissemination of early warning messages.
The application handles different types of information such as remote sensing data, GIS layers, databases and texts. The Workstation is structured as a network in which individual instances of the application (e.g. Workstations installed in the countries) represent the nodes of this network. The network architecture is the base for information sharing. A communication tool built on a peer-to-peer technology (the same architecture used for sharing music across the Internet) regulates the flow of information among nodes of the Workstation network.
The application is entirely based on an open-source technology to avoid license constraints and to allow free distribution. Training, data collection and development of tools are integral parts of the Workstation “package”. These activities are carried out with full involvement of national partners/stakeholders that play a major role to ensure data coherency and effectiveness/relevance of the software tools for country use.
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Access Constraints Access available in English, French, and Spanish.
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Fax: 0039 - 06 - 5705 - 4495
Email: Giews1 at fao.org
Global Information and Early Warning System Commodities and Trade Division FAO - Rome0039 - 06 - 5705 - 4495
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
5700 Rivertech Court
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20737
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