The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) put PARDUS, the national operating system, into use in 28 AFAD Regional Directorates until now. Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu announced this development during his speech at the Public Informatics Digital Summit organized in a digital environment. Noting that he is proud to say that AFAD has carried out many studies in the field of informatics, Dr. Güllüoğlu said it has updated the software according to the PARDUS system.
As a part of the “National Technology Project”, state offices started to use technology and software developed by using local sources and human resources. Meanwhile, AFAD initiated informatics projects within the concept of “Technological Transformation in Disaster Management”. AFAD’s concept prioritizes the development and use of open source, license free products produced in Turkey by Turkish citizens that keeps the data within the country. In this line, AFAD has been updating its infrastructure and software according to PARDUS. Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu mentioned AFAD’s position in using national operating system, open source software and local products during the Public Informatics Digital Summit.
"Our software is compatible with PARDUS"
Head of AFAD Dr. Güllüoğlu said in his speech, “Till now, we have started to use PARDUS in 28 regional directorates. As AFAD we prioritize PARDUS. We also changed our operating system from Windows to Linux based software. We use software programs which are compatible with PARDUS. We pay attention to this point whenever we purchase a software program for our agency. We stated a use another application other than the classic applications for electronic mail system and safety.”
Open source applications prioritized
Stating that the AFAD has been using cabins and products manufactured by two local producers for a data storage system, Dr. Güllüoğlu said, "We prefer to use open source coded applications which has no shortcoming in terms of safety. We prefer to use the local product Pano system for data visualization and reporting. We share all these at digital.afad.gov.tr web site.”
"Informatics budgets in public offices must be allocated for development of human resources”
Noting that Turkey has important human capital, Head of AFAD said, “I believe that networks must have larger place in the open source ecosystem of Turkey for spreading local products to the whole world. I think that it will be more profitable if the budget allocated for informatics are allocated for the development of human resources and service local products to the countries of the world.”