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.

In February 2014, PetaJakarta.org was one of just six programs worldwide, and the only one in Australia, to receive one of the first ever Twitter #DataGrants. When launched in Jakarta, late in 2014, dozens of local and international journalists, from local news media giant Kompas to the Wall Street Journal, turned out as the PetaJakarta.org team with supporters including DKI Jakarta Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, and Twitter’s Head of Academic Partnerships, Mark Gillis officially launched the program.

PetaJakarta.org has now been deployed for the full 2014/2015 monsoon season (November – March) to capture Twitter activity about flooding in its entirety. Once reports are received, they are displayed on the publicly available map at PetaJakarta.org, enabling citizens of Jakarta to see for the first time a city-wide situational overview during periods of flooding as a result of the monsoon. Over four days of flooding in February 2015, PetaJakarta.org made over one million Twitter impressions.

Late in 2014 and early in 2015, a group of UOW Students joined the PetaJakarta.org Research Team on the ground in Jakarta to provide support, undertake data collection and gain crucial experience in the field, working with key organisations.

The PetaJakarta.org Data Interface which powers the public map is now used by the Government of Jakarta, in collaboration with the BPBD (Jakarta’s Disaster Recovery Agency), to provide a real-time indicator of flood activity to improve response to extreme flood events.

Following the 2014/2015 monsoon season the PetaJakarta.org research team will collaborate to publish their periodic analysis of the collected data.

For further information please see the PetaJakarta program page.