Building a Big Data Research Agenda in Indonesia for 2017

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Pulse Lab Jakarta recently hosted a research workshop on the data revolution for sustainable development in Indonesia. The event brought together an array of researchers and policy-makers from various parts of the Government of Indonesia, as well as academics and business people from across the region. Below is a summary of the two days of discussions, as well as a nascent big data research agenda for 2017.

Pulse Lab Jakarta hosted in October a workshop to create a big data research agenda for development and humanitarian issues in Indonesia for 2017.

The workshop brought together 20 participants from various backgrounds, including policy-makers, academia, development practitioners and data scientists from Indonesia, Australia, Qatar, Singapore and South Korea.

The two-day event kicked off with a keynote address from the Special Advisor to the Ministry of National Development Planning on Social and Poverty Eradication and continued with presentations and discussions on five main themes:

  • Disease outbreak and surveillance, with presentations by the Ministry of Health, Telkom Indonesia, and Korea Telecom.
  • Agriculture and production,with presentations by the Food Security Agency from the Ministry of Agriculture, The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia, and CSIRO Australia.
  • Transportation planning, with presentations by Jakarta Development Planning Board and ETH Lab Singapore.
  • Urban sensing, with presentations by the Institute Technology of Surabaya, Jakarta Smart City and KAIST.
  • New types of data for SDGs, with presentations by the SDGs Secretariat Indonesia, Indonesian Bureau of Statistics, and QCRI.


Throughout the course of the workshop, domain experts explained practices of advancing big data research in their fields, shared information about ideas and ongoing projects and highlighted the opportunities for data sharing in the public and private sectors.

Each of the five themes included panel discussions on the opportunities and challenges of the data revolution for sustainable development, followed by general brainstorming among participants on how to best apply some of the emerging ideas in Indonesia.

Find out more information on the workshop on: Storify, the album on Flickr, the workshop agenda and the presentation slides.

Across the five themes, discussions generated many ideas which will soon be formalised into concrete projects and collaboration for Pulse Lab Jakarta’s 2017 work plan. Some of these projects are highlighted below:

Disease outbreak and surveillance

A data innovation project to predict the disease outbreak modelling/prediction by using data on aggregate movement patterns. This could be conducted with aggregate data from mobile networks or vehicle tracking systems.

Transportation planning

A project idea to identify a station’s characteristics and to understand the balance or lack thereof of passengers at each station. The project proposed combining data sources such as Transjakarta passenger flows, social media data, and field surveys, for qualitative insights.

Agriculture and production

Connected to monitoring crop production in Indonesia, one idea that emerged looked to combine remote sensing, national statistics and GIS to enhance land suitability maps for the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space Indonesia (LAPAN).

Pulse Lab Jakarta is always on the lookout for new research and development partnerships, so please get in touch if any of the research proposals are of interest.

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