- Safety and Civic Engagement – As a way to address flooding in Jakarta, a major challenges facing Jakarta, residents can use PetaJakarta, a tool designed to incorporate local mapping and flood information via Twitter, as a way to help residents navigate the city during a flood using real-time data.
- Crowdsourcing flood maps in Jakarta – CityMetric (July 15, 2015)
- The key elements of this technology would help address the problem by:
- Integrating real-time crime data with the city map via an interactive map
- Leveraging the high usage of Twitter as a civic engagement tool (Jakarata is known as one of the most active cities on Twitter)
- Providing residents with the latest information regarding floods, increasing safety
- The stakeholders who could use this technology may include the residents of Jakarta, Municipal Departments (IT, 311, Roads Department etc.), Emergency Services
- To deploy this technology, this could include:
- Step 1: Pilot and test the existing app, while ensuring an effective verification step to reduce abuse
- Step 2: Roll out a campaign to promote this tool, to ensure people tweet effectively, and know to check the real-time map/service for flood updates
- Step 3: Monitor the service to ensure effectiveness
One thought on “Crowdsourcing flood maps in Jakarta”
This is so interesting to me as I just did a similar post on crowdsourcing information for early earthquake warnings. That app involved GPS and motion sensors rather than people texting or writing something in, which seems a little more likely to work consistently in a moment of panic. At any rate, I think this is such a good use of the simple technology we have at our fingertips!