[isf-wifidog] ISF call for tenders postings.

Michael Lenczner mlenczner at gmail.com
Mar 9 Fév 12:39:32 EST 2010

On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM, Steve Congrave <steve at congrave.com> wrote:
> This is kind of interesting

I agree! :)

> but doesn't it require a huge network of WiFidog
> equipped hotspots?
> I operate a network of about 65 nodes in a small city and have already
> modified the WiFidog code to track computers - the node don't move of course
> so knowing the NodeID translates to a geographic location. However, I guess
> that the usage data from a small city isn't of much use - it would need a
> nationwide, or at least a statewide distribution of nodes in a fairly dense
> population density to be able to track usage.
> Your data would also be very fragmented as you would miss out on all the
> usage of non-wifidog hotspots - McDonalds, Starbucks, unsecured WiFi etc
> where in fact most people congregate and pass on their diseases!
> Just a thought.

You're right that we won't have anywhere near complete data on
people's use of public space.  The goal is more limited - to look at
the data that we have (which is unique) and to analyze it to see if it
reveals anything of interest for these researchers in connection to
their existing disease vector models.  Models always need to be

And even though you have fewer hotspots your data would be interesting
to add from the perspective that it might support or weaken the
findings of analysis of larger networks of hotspots.
I would encourage you to share your data on the CRAWDAD network
regardless.  They have researchers interested in all sorts of

> Steve
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:wifidog-bounces at listes.ilesansfil.org] On Behalf Of Michael Lenczner
> Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 9:16 AM
> To: Volontaires Ile sans Fil; WiFiDog Captive Portal
> Subject: [isf-wifidog] ISF call for tenders postings.
> ISF has two calls for tenders for small contracts.
> ISF is asking for responses for two small contracts with the client
> being an academic partner. The first is for approx 10 hours of
> development on Wifidog.  The second is for project & relationship
> management for 3 hours/month for 10 months.
> As I've mentioned here before, ISF is a partner on a grant submitted
> by an epidemiology research team at Harvard.  The goal of the project
> - which was proposed by us - is to use anonymized data gathered by
> Wifidog to assist epidemiologists in evaluating their models of how
> diseases propogate by analyzing real-world data on people's use of
> public spaces.  It is important to note that not only do we further
> anonymize our users info, we also have contracts in place to prevent
> researchers from releasing any
> results about even small groups of anonymous users (to prevent
> identification)
> Instead of submitting the anonymized data directly and only to the
> Harvard research team, we are using the CRAWDAD data repository to
> host the data and encourage other researchers to use it.  Information
> about our agreement with CRAWDAD
> has been sent to this list a bunch of times over the last 2 years.
> http://www.crawdad.org They are happy to finally be receiving a
> full-export of our anonymized data.
> Although we were under the impression that the resources available was
> $5000 total, we recently found out it was $5000 each year for 5 years
> ($25 000). That's great news.  It allows for a more realistic budget
> and it will permit us to develop the project further and work more
> closely with our partners.  It will be easier to dedicate the
> resources to work with other Wifidog groups to encourage them to share
> their data with CRAWDAD as well.
> Both jobs are for work that will take place this year only.  Work will
> continue after that but we'll have another announcement for future
> work.
> Please send emails to Norman and the board will figure out a process
> to award the contracts if there are multiple applicants.
> --------------
> CFT #1
> Wifidog development = 5-10 hours.  10-15 hours work total including
> meeting with partner. The job is to add to Wifidog's capability to
> export anonymized data. Right now we can't export geographic
> information.  This work would benefit ISF and Wifidog by allowing us
> to properly identify the Wifidog hotspots without having redundancies
> show up in Google maps, which would confuse our users.  The
> development work is estimated at between 5-10 hours of work.
> Additional time will need to be spent communicating with the ISF
> sysadmins to push the code into production and meeting with and
> communicating with the partner. Preference for this job will be given
> to an ISF volunteer and someone who has already worked on WifiDog.
> The work will take place over the next 2-3 months.
> Note: The work for the exporter has been initiated a few years ago by
> Benoît Grégoire and François Proulx and was done in order to allow for
> this function.
> --------------
> CFT #2
> Project / Client Managment - 3 hours / month for 9 months.  27 hours total.
> The second contract is for a coordinator to work with the developer
> and the partner.  This involves regular PM tasks of assessing and
> evaluating partner needs, ensuring deliverables are met, and
> communicating with the partner, as well as identifying opportunities
> for ISF to propose research questions that interest us.  Skills needed
> for this job are either project management or research coordination.
> ------------
> The board will appoint someone to choose amoung the responses to this
> Call For Tenders (assuming there are multiple responses).   We ask
> that people respond as soon possible since our partner is eager for
> the work to start.  Please send an email to Norman if you're
> interested. normang at normie.com
> Thanks!
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