Students involved in the PetaJakarta.org Pilot Study Program shared their research experiences during a special presentation session at SMART Infrastructure Facility on Wednesday, 25th March 2015.

In total, 21 research students from University of Wollongong participated in the pilot study, which saw them join project Chief Investigators, Etienne Turpin and Tomas Holderness in Jakarta over the summer of 2014/2015, during the local monsoon season.

During the presentation, the students presented their shared experiences over the course of the two study tours (‘Group A’ and ‘Group B’). During their time in Indonesia, ‘Group A’ participated in flood preparation, geo-tagging and shelter analysis. ‘Group B’ funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Colombo Plan were involved in studying management techniques, response and impacts of the seasonal flooding experienced by the city.

Their presentation explored a variety of different aspects of their experience research, including observations of the local communication network and relevant social factors, as well as infrastructure such as reservoirs and pumping stations.

PetaJakarta.org is a web-based platform used to harness the power of social media to gather, sort, and display information about flooding for Jakarta residents in real time. The platform runs on the open source software known as CogniCity – a GeoSocial Intelligence framework developed at the SMART Infrastructure Facility – which allows urban data to be collected and disseminated by community members through their location-enabled mobile devices. Over this year’s monsoon season (November 2014– March 2015) the unique platform utilised by local residents saw 1,000 confirmed reports of flooding.

The full presentation can be viewed online via Slideshare.