VOSG.us is a global virtual on line community resource for Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST).
What is a VOST?
A VOST is one way for emergency managers to help harness the power of social media for emergency management (SMEM). Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST) as applied to emergency management and disaster recovery is an effort to make use of new communication technologies and social media tools so that a team of trusted agents (VOSTies) can lend support via the internet to those on-site who may otherwise be overwhelmed by the volume of data generated during a disaster. VOSTs are activated to perform specific functions in support of affected organizations & jurisdictions.
The VOSG.us site was originated by Joanna Lane in Spring 2011 to support VOST Osbourne’s proof of concept exercise at NEMA11 and was then established in 2012 as the hub for the VOST Leadership Coalition (VLC), comprising a worldwide community of interest in collaborating on the VOST concept.
VOSG.us owns and administers the VOST logo. The VOST logo was first used in the public domain on April 12, 2011, when it was published and licensed by VOSG.us under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. In summary, the License gives permission to share the logo (copy and redistribute the logo in any medium or format) and adapt the logo (remix, transform, and build upon the material) under specific terms. As the Licensor, VOSG.us requires attribution to be given in a reasonable manner, including an appropriate credit and link on social media profiles that incorporate the VOST logo, not least as a nod to transparency. These measures are desirable to build a trusted brand and protect the public interest.
As a central hub for VOST, the network also offers VOST news in both English and Spanish, team specific information for all teams that have opted in, research material and training resources, mentoring and consulting in the US and internationally.
VOSG.us is a multisite network. As well as sponsoring the hosting for the VOST Leadership Coalition site since 2012, the network includes team specific sites for NY VOST, OK VOST and NZ VOST.
Since 2013, VOSG.us has grown as a project driven group, facilitating a wide range of projects to further information sharing, and collaboration between emerging multinational VOSTs, as well as fostering research and professional development initiatives.
Due to increased traffic to the site, bandwidth was increased in May 2014.
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