Indonesia, regularly hit by earthquakes, volcano eruptions and other natural disasters, knows that quick response saves lives. However, valuable time is often lost because vital information is scattered among different responders; authorities may not have a complete picture as they prepare their response.
To address gaps in information sharing and coordination during disasters, iUN Global Pulse Jakarta introduced an automated, open-source platform called MIND in 2019.
MIND integrates many nontraditional data sets, analyses Twitter data within disaster zones, and uses information from OpenStreetMap and OpenRouteService to calculate the best routes for aid convoys. It also gleans valuable insights by using a text processing algorithm to extract casualty figures from reports and by analysing Google Trends to gauge public sentiment.
The platform can be customised to suit the needs of a specific organization.