Crowdsourcing flood maps in Jakarta

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. The stakeholders who could use this technology may include the residents of Jakarta, Municipal Departments (IT, 311, Roads Department etc.), Emergency Services
  4. 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

  1. 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!


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