A Report on #MissingMapsJKT

On November 6-7, 2014, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia in cooperation with UN OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), AIFDR (Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction), and BNPB (National board for Disaster Management) held “Missing Maps Jakarta: Data Preparedness for Volcanoes.”


First Sesson of #MissingMapsJKT at Brisbane Meeting Room, AIFDR Office Jakarta

Missing Maps Jakarta was held as a part of Missing Maps global initiative that was launched on November 7th 2014 in ten cities of eight different countries. The objective of Missing Maps is to map the vulnerable place within the developing world using OSM (OpenStreetMap). This effort is done to realize data preparedness in vulnerable places, so that when emergency occurs, the crisis agency could use the existing map and data for better response of the crisis.


Missing Maps Project Schedule in Different Countries

In Indonesia, Missing Maps Jakarta concentrates on mapping the vulnerable area around four alert volcanoes. The volcanoes are Mt. Sinabung, Mt. Merapi, Mt. Kelud, and Mt. Rokatenda. A day before the mapathon or the official Missing Maps launching, HOT provided OSM training at AIFDR Office, particularly about OSM data collection method (iD Editor & JOSM), data extraction (HOT Exports, Overpass Turbo), and data usage (InaSAFE). This training was joined by NGOs who generally operate aroung Mt. Sinabung. This session was held on November 6th 2014 and was live streamed through Google Hangout feature. Below is the recorded live streaming:


On November 7th 2014, Missing Maps Jakarta with #MissingMapsJKT hash tag became the first launched Missing Maps. Using Result Maps, we successfully traced the total number of Changesets that is uniquely marked with “#MissingMaps” on the comment section.  The #MissingMapsJKT mapathon that was held from 09.00 Am – 04.30 PM (GMT+7) had successfully put Indonesia with most number in total Changesets. Quite significant change, no?


 Total Number of Changesets after #MissingMapsJKT Mapathon

We can see the most significant change in Mt. Rokatenda area. After the #MissingMapsJKT, bigger area, especially on the coast has been mapped. As shown in this before-after picture below:

Before-after Rokatenda

 Before-After #MissingMapsJKT, Mt. Rokatenda

This significant change can not be separated from the volunteers’ enthusiasm and role, they volunteered their time and energy for #MissingMapsJKT, whether those who mapped at UN OCHA Office, or the remote mappers helping from distance. At UN OCHA Office, the high enthusiasm could be seen during lunch, where the volunteers were eating their lunch while continuing their mapping effort on JOSM. As for the remote mappers, they were no less enthusiastic, a remote mapper from OSM Japan told us through Twitter that he was joining #MissingMapsJKT from Buenos Aires!


 Remote Mappers from OSM Japan also contributed in #MissingMapsJKT

Well, even though the #MissingMapsJKT has ended, the four vulnerable areas were not fully mapped and therefore remain vulnerable. That is why, the OSM Tasking Manager for those areas are still open and accessible for editing.

If you have time to spare, you can access the OSM Tasking Manager through these links:

Mt. Rokatenda: http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/746 

Mt. Kelud: http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/425 

Mt. Merapi: http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/82 

Mt. Sinabung: http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/750

Always remember that in the time of crises, map saves lives. 🙂