The Miami University Community Disaster Information System (CDIS) is “an information system designed to assist community disaster nurses, especially the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services (DHS) volunteers and staff, in responding to disasters.” The project is funded by a three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine and contributions from Microsoft Corporation and Miami University Procter & Gamble Fellows in Interactive Media. The system features a web server interfacing with an SQL database as well as a mobile device component that runs on PDAs to allow users to download database data and use it in the field. The project is being developed using ASP.NET in C#.
- Standardized Data Organization – For simplicity and standardization, data is organized according an open, standard taxonomy of human services available at http://www.211taxonomy.org.
- Chapter Freedom – System is designed such that each Red Cross chapter can use the system in the way they desire.
- Secure Data Entry – Since the data stored in the system is mission critical, CDIS has a built-in submit/verify system that helps enforce correct data entry.