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News — 22 May, 2017

InAWARE Mapping Project Moves from Surabaya to Jakarta

After a successful round of mapping Surabaya’s infrastructures in three months, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia relocates to the country’s capital, Jakarta. Continuing the mission to provide lifeline infrastructure data for disaster decision-making support, HOT will map an area of about 661.5 km2, which is home to more than 10 million people. Jakarta is notorious for its annual flooding during rainy seasons, and having key lifeline infrastructure properly mapped and documented will allow for a more accurate urban contingency plan.


Pic 1. Jakarta 2013 Flood. Picture credit: The Jakarta Globe


These lifeline infrastructure features include, among others, banks; communications; transportations; water supply system; electrical power system; fuel storage; public institutions, such as schools, places of worship and traditional market; health facilities; emergency services, such as fire and police stations; sport and recreation facilities; and government establishments. As part of the project, HOT is also updating the administrative boundaries of DKI Jakarta, from the subdistrict level (Kecamatan), to the village (Keluruhan), community-group (Rukun Warga) and in some select villages, even to the neighborhood (Rukun Tetangga) level.

Collected data will be integrated as individual OpenStreetMap (OSM) feature layers, in the disaster management tool InAWARE. Delivering disaster related data, InAWARE aims to improve early warning and management decision making within Indonesia. Funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and developed by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), InAWARE is supported by the Government of Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).


Pic 2. HOT’s meeting in BPBD DKI Jakarta Office, talking about how the two institutions can support each other in the mapping project. HOT Indonesia Documentation.


To assist with data collection on the ground, DKI Jakarta’s Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) has offered their assistance and guidance in areas with high security and safety risk. They are also sending out notification letters to village leaders in the DKI Jakarta province to inform them of HOT’s work ahead of time to help speed up the process as the capital is twice the size of Surabaya with more than triple the population.

HOT Indonesia also set up a new office in the capital, since moving the project over from Surabaya to Jakarta. The team is now situated in Tebet, South Jakarta, with the office home for over 50 staff members. Sharing the space with the Disaster Innovation team, there are 20 Data Entry (DE) specialists and 5 Quality Assurance (QA) specialists focused on digitising, collecting attribute data and validating to ensure the quality of data captured in OSM for Jakarta.

The InAWARE mapping team will be dispersed into the 44 subdistricts and 267 villages of Jakarta, with the aim to complete the ground mapping by August 2017. By far, 11 subdistricts were already mapped in the first one month since the project inception.

Pic 3. Mapping timeline of Jakarta. HOT Indonesia Documentation.

Tyler Radford, HOT Executive Director, made a visit to HOT facilities, both in Menara Thamrin and Tebet. He also joined our Data Entry Specialist doing field data collection, surveys, visit to the village offices and interviews. Here is Tyler’s testimony to the ongoing project: