The vast amount of risk information and knowledge is generated everyday, but they are scattered in various sources and without properly classification tailored to meet the needs of specific decision and policy making in disaster management and development planning that incorperates risk management. There is an urgent need and demand for an effective risk information and knowledge integration from "Crowd Sources", and GRIPWeb is exactly the solution for this. It is an innovative platform and tool for information and knowledge sharing for disaster risk assessment professionals, practitioners, and policy and decision makers, who want to share practices and experience, develop methodologies, tools and guidelines or build their skills in risk assessment in the new Information Era, based on the concept "Centralized integration, but personalized consumption of risk information and knowledge". With GRIPWeb's iPortal tool, users of GRIPWeb can readily tailor and pack the contents available at GRIPWeb in terms of their own needs to be integrated in their own online systems.
GRIPWeb provides an unprecedented opportunity to:
• Collect and access risk information at all levels –regional,national and sub-national – as well as by sector or theme; • Generate risk baselines and monitor progress (or lack of it) in disaster risk reduction in the countries; • Showcase achievements in disaster risk assessment and reduction; • Join an online community of disaster risk assessment professionals; • Access publications, methodologies and tools; • Benefit from a service and support portal for risk related issues.
In particular, GRIPWeb revolutionizes the way countries collect, inventory and use their risk information, including country-specific disaster risk profiles, documents, publications, hazard risk maps and datasets, as well as information on projects and programs. GRIPWeb makes it easy to construct risk information management systems at different geographic and administrative levels, by different organizations or sectors, or by different themes. Through the use of modern information and communication technologies. GRIPWeb not only provides an innovative tool for information and knowledge management, but also aims at empowering people by introducing new ways of working and collaborating.In its way of combining global perspective to local insight, GRIPWeb has a pioneering approach to information sharing.
GRIPWeb has been designed to become the world’s de facto risk information source for the whole DRR community.
This leaflet briefly introduces GRIPWeb and explains its nature and use to share and exchange risk-related information and knowledge.