Update 2/18/2004: Like so many open source projects, Empris has
fallen into disrepair. It no longer functions with newer version of
PHP. The project is now focused on serving the needs of OCAA rather
than maintaining Empris as a general tool. Any and all are welcome to
download the code and update it. Should I find the time in the future
I may release and updated version, but it is not currently a high
The Emergencies Personnel Information System is a platform and database independent method for receiving job or volunteer applications online and subsequently evaluating, indexing, searching and managing them. It was and is being developed for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Australia to facilitate the Humanitarian Relief Register.
For sourcecode, downloads, and further information please visit the project page
Specifically, Empris was developed as an online method of receiving applications to the Humanitarian Relief Register and subsequently manage them. More generally it provides a means for any organization to receive applications (for anything), evaluate and manage them.
- A computer running PHP
4.0.5+. (Note that anything before 4.0.5 really won't work due to
the lack of a proper PEAR library)
PHP runs on all major operation
systems (All UNIX's, Windows, Mac OS X, etc.)
- A database supported by PEAR. At the time of writing this included:
- Mini SQL
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Oracle 7/8/8i
- ODBC (Open Database Connectivity)
Note that Empris has really only been tested on Redhat Linux systems running MySQL and PostgreSQL as of 8/2001. Other configurations are sure to require tweaking, but that's what open source is all about.
You can download the latest version from here. Click the pink one.
It's a beta release so you're gonna have some. Do us all a favor and
stop by the project page at
SourceForge: and post your experiences in the bugs, feature requests,
or public forum section. At this point in development I'd be
interested to hear even the most trivial of comments. If you're shy just
send me an e-mail directly at my sourceforge
If you would like Empris customized for your particular needs feel
free to email
me. Depending on the nature of your organization, I can offer
customization on a volunteer or consulting basis.
More documentation soon to come
- Thanks to Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Australia who paid for the vast majority of Empris development and allowed it to be put in the public domain. Please help thank them by make a donation.
- Code has been borrow from:
- And don't forget the folks who gave us PHP
Aug 11, 2001