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ToDo: Haiti RMS

Suggest following the New Module Development tutorial as this is new functionality for Py:

Keep it real simple to start with - get something usable quickly, which we can then refine later if we gets needs to do so.

<chamindra> Basically there will be loads of requests for aid comming from the field 
<chamindra> by sms, through calls and otherwise
<chamindra> and people will have to enter these (millions) of requests quickly into the system for tracking
<chamindra> there is no time for complex workflows and approvals, so the the system has to be extremely quick
<chamindra> if we can enter everything for a request in one html form that would be ideal
<chamindra> similarly there will be loads of people offering donations of aid of vairous things
<chamindra> often they cannot be used immidiately 
<chamindra> but they need to be tracked so that when a need arrises the donation and the person who offered it can be found
<chamindra> This is the main objective of the request management system, to connect people wh o need aid and people who are offering it
<chamindra> however to do the matching you need to agree to some measures
<chamindra> I need 100 Kg of Rice
<chamindra> bit the person that pledges can only offer 40Kg
<chamindra> so you match it but note that there is 60Kg remaining to be delivered
<chamindra> but you need to track the remain that was not fulfilled

<chamindra> so we now have an added part of getting unstructured data from various sources
<chamindra> basicially someone is recording some information about aid, without reviewing the content and send it to us
<chamindra> first step is someone need to convert that to a request for aid or pledge
<chamindra> so on click of the queue that is comming in (as a GeoRSS feed from Ushidhi right now of their SMS messages) you covert it to the first step of a request or a pledge
<chamindra> once you click that item is no longer in the pending queue (it has been read and processed)
<chamindra> So let's think through what a typical situation would be
<chamindra> someone would make a call with a request or sms a request
<chamindra> fist step would be to enter what is needed
<chamindra> and it will be a list of items
chamindra> sometimes they will just say "food" or "water" without a quantity
<chamindra> but then you need to ask for how many people
<chamindra> which is why that field is there for
<chamindra> units are not compulsory
<scopatz> How specific does, say the food field need to be?  
<chamindra> IMO not very
<scopatz> For instance, is Rice good enough, or do we need to be very specific like Brown Rice
<scopatz> Ok, 
<chamindra> possibly you can have a highlevel drop down category
<chamindra> :-)
<nicopresto> AJAX dropdown
<scopatz> Right that is what I was thinking
<chamindra> no ones going to care with the rice is brown or white right now me thinks :-)
<scopatz> because the alternative would be a foos string that then gets parsed
<chamindra> but you are right in some instances
<chamindra> like if it is pork or for religious reasons
<scopatz> *foods
<scopatz> Right point taken
<chamindra> so possible as you said one high level category
<scopatz> OK so we'll come up with a representative list for a drop down menu
<chamindra> food, water, aid, medical, etc
<scopatz> Great, that makes life easier for the matching
<chamindra> and a free text box for the sub category
<chamindra> on the free text thing, there reason is that strcuture can create a bottle neck
<chamindra> unless that process can be made easier.. like using an AJAX lookup so that you avoid spelling mistakes
<flavour> We have an AJAX autocomplete widget in SahanaPy
<flavour> I can help with that
<chamindra> ok great
<flavour> For use where dropdowns become unwieldy


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