BUSHFIRE CONNECT
Leveraging Citizen Sensors
and Spatial Information
Standards for Australian
Bushfire Management
MAURITS V...
OVERVIEW
Background
Why Bushfire Connect?
What does it do?
Status
Q&A
7 FEB 2009 - BLACK SATURDAY
Worst Bushfires in State of Victoria
Burnt1 Million Football Fields
Displaced 7,500 people
...
INFORMATION BREAKDOWN
Official Agencies & Emergency Services
 Slow & Overwhelmed
 000 ( ~911) overloaded
No alternativ...
COMMUNITY NEED
Grass roots community reporting
 Fast, localised, community driven
Integration with Official Sources
 I...
ENTER USHAHIDI…
 Open Source, Citizen
Reporting, since 2008
 Citizen Reporting &
Alerting
 Crisis Mapping 2.0 tool of
c...
USHAHIDI – BUSHFIRE CONNECT
Twitter: @bushfireconnect
http://bushfireconnect.org
BUSHFIRE CONNECT
Community
Powered
Community
Resilience
Integrate Crowd
Sourced and
Official
Information
INCIDENT REPORTS
SMS
Web-Form
Geo-RSS
Emails
Tweets
INCIDENT ALERTS – OPT IN
 SMS
 Email
 RSS…
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Since May 2010
 Working prototype up and running
 Small team of volunteers (up to 7 people)
 $1200 c...
STANDARDS? - THEY’RE JUST
THERE!
(Geo-) RSS (in-/out)
KML/KMZ
WMS/WFS (through KML)
Opportunities
CAP
WMS/WFS out
O...
SUMMARY
 Black Saturday – Information Breakdown
 Community Needs – Crisis Information 2.0
 Bushfire Connect
 Community...
THAT’S IT… THANKS FOR LISTENING
 Maurits.vandervlugt@mercuryps.com.au
 http://spatial21.blogspot.com
 http://bushfireco...
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Bushfire Connect

  1. 1. BUSHFIRE CONNECT Leveraging Citizen Sensors and Spatial Information Standards for Australian Bushfire Management MAURITS VAN DER VLUGT Spatial Information strategist
  2. 2. OVERVIEW Background Why Bushfire Connect? What does it do? Status Q&A
  3. 3. 7 FEB 2009 - BLACK SATURDAY Worst Bushfires in State of Victoria Burnt1 Million Football Fields Displaced 7,500 people 2000 houses lost 173 dead
  4. 4. INFORMATION BREAKDOWN Official Agencies & Emergency Services  Slow & Overwhelmed  000 ( ~911) overloaded No alternative sources  Rumours & Misinformation Evacuations: too late and misdirected.
  5. 5. COMMUNITY NEED Grass roots community reporting  Fast, localised, community driven Integration with Official Sources  Integrate with agency feeds  Inform Emergency Services (add to COP)  Crisis Mapping 2.0!
  6. 6. ENTER USHAHIDI…  Open Source, Citizen Reporting, since 2008  Citizen Reporting & Alerting  Crisis Mapping 2.0 tool of choice  Haiti & Chile Earthquakes  Gulf of Mexico Oilspill  Egyptian elections (5x!!)  Pakistan Floods  Etc, Etc..
  7. 7. USHAHIDI – BUSHFIRE CONNECT Twitter: @bushfireconnect http://bushfireconnect.org
  8. 8. BUSHFIRE CONNECT Community Powered Community Resilience Integrate Crowd Sourced and Official Information
  9. 9. INCIDENT REPORTS SMS Web-Form Geo-RSS Emails Tweets
  10. 10. INCIDENT ALERTS – OPT IN  SMS  Email  RSS…
  11. 11. WHERE ARE WE NOW? Since May 2010  Working prototype up and running  Small team of volunteers (up to 7 people)  $1200 cash Next steps  Local Trials in Dec 2010  ‘Live’ in January  Fundraising!
  12. 12. STANDARDS? - THEY’RE JUST THERE! (Geo-) RSS (in-/out) KML/KMZ WMS/WFS (through KML) Opportunities CAP WMS/WFS out Other?
  13. 13. SUMMARY  Black Saturday – Information Breakdown  Community Needs – Crisis Information 2.0  Bushfire Connect  Community powered  Integrate crowd-sourced and official information  Standards: They’re just there!
  14. 14. THAT’S IT… THANKS FOR LISTENING  Maurits.vandervlugt@mercuryps.com.au  http://spatial21.blogspot.com  http://bushfireconnect.org  Twitter: @mvandervlugt

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