Interview with Etienne Turpin and Tomas Holderness, directors of PetaJakarta.org
The SMART Infrastructure Facility project PetaJakarta.org aims to help communities tackle the chronic problem of flooding in the Indonesian capital, using a combination of crowdsourced data, social media and big data analysis.
Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) conducts Big Data for Development research and so we were interested to hear more from directors Etienne Turpin and Tomas Holderness about their perspectives on citizen engagement and the role that big and small data can play to increase urban resilience.
PLJ: How did you come up with the idea of PetaJakarta.org?
PLJ: What exactly do you mean by a "GeoSocial Intelligence Framework"?
PLJ: Many people see "small," citizen-generated, crowdsourced data and big, algorithmically-generated data as antithetical. Your project instead tries to "mash" the two. What do you think big data can contribute to crowdsourcing efforts?
PLJ: You spent quite a lot of time with local communities in Jakarta and in other cities in Southeast Asia to scope out your project. Do you think that both "small" and big data can help improve their resilience?
We believe that a GeoSocial Intelligence Framework designed to integrate both small (citizen-led, bottom up) and big data sources can produce the most useful system for studying and promoting urban resilience.