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  1. 1. 2012 ABCD-GIS Meeting, December 19, 2012 @ CGIS South S050 The Role of the Neogeography for Geospatial Information Sharing:the Case Studies of the Crisis Mapping Project and the FOSS4G Community in Japan © All Rights Reserved. © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA Toshikazu SETO ( Ph.D)CGA, Harvard Univ. & DH-JAC, Ritsumeikan Univ.
  2. 2. Agenda• Introductions• Overview of the Crisis Geospatial Information Sharing during the 311 Disasters• Case Studies “Crisis Mapping Project using FOSS4G”: – Base Map Creations (OSGeo.JP & OSM) – SNS + Mapping Platform ( & Ushahidi)• For the Monitoring and Recovery• Conclusions
  3. 3. Introductions: ConceptsNeogeography•Neogeography combines the complex techniques of cartography and GISand places them within reach of users and developers.•Neogeography is about sharing location information with friends andvisitors, helping to shape contexts, and conveying an understandingthrough the knowledge of place.•Andrew Turner (2006): 『 Introduction to Neogeography 』
  4. 4. Volunteered Geographic Information• Citizens are using handheld devices to collect geographic information and contribute it to crowd-sourced data sets; they are employing Web-based mapping interfaces to mark and annotate geographic features…• These citizens are largely untrained; their actions are almost always voluntary, and their results may or may not be accurate.• However, their activities represent a dramatic innovation that will certainly have profound impacts on GIS.• Michael Goodchild (2007): “Citizens as Sensors”
  5. 5. Neocartography & FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial)• “Map makers who may not have come from traditional mapping backgrounds, and are frequently using open data and open source mapping tools …..• ….. the availability of data and tools allows these neocartographers both to make their own maps and often be the intended audience as well – that is to say they may make the maps for themselves, just because they can… (• Chilton, S. (2008), M.J. Kraak (2011)
  6. 6. Crisis mapping• Crisis Mapping is thus live mapping that is focused on crises, broadly defined, from slow-burn crises to sudden-onset disasters. Crisis Mapping is certainly not restricted to political crises; it may include social and environmental ones as well. (Meier, 2011)• Ushahidi is a free and open source software (LGPL) program available for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
  7. 7. Overview of the Crisis GeospatialInformation Sharing during the 311Disasters
  8. 8. Background• Great Hanshin Earthquake of January 15, 1995• The first year of activity by citizens volunteers• The focus on the GIS by the local government• The first Japanese GIS law established (May, 2007) CC-BY 2.0 CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
  9. 9. The Great East Japan Earthquake• The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 brought catastrophic damage to a huge area of Japan.• In comparison to the 1995 earthquake, a greater tsunami caused more devastation and a grave nuclear accident(Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power) .• Although the traffic and communication infrastructures were interrupted, people shared information on area damage or the conditions of victims by using social media, such as Twitter and the mobile Internet (Tsuda 2011, Peary, Shaw and Takeuchi 2012).
  10. 10. Enterprise: Google Crisis Response Traffic Performance Information japanquake2011_traffic.html
  11. 11. Professionals: ArcGIS Online
  12. 12. Professionals: Association of JapaneseGeographers (ex. Geoserver+GeoExt)
  13. 13. Map Company: Mapion (ex. Mapserver)
  14. 14. Citizens: Map of Food Supplies & Evacuation places
  15. 15. Neogeographers: The East Japan Earthquake Archive
  16. 16. International Archive Projects: Harvard Univ.
  17. 17. Progress and Issues• Many portal sites started very quickly (one to five days after the disaster)• They used FOSS4G architecture and API services• Some of the Japanese enterprise/professional projects were mainly Web-map representation (source data could not be obtained and reused).• Some of the projects closed or did not update their websites one-year after 311.
  18. 18. Case Studies:“Crisis Mapping Project using FOSS4G”
  19. 19. Overviews
  20. 20. • Rectified aerial photos • Construction of open (Jpn-Eng)OSGeo.JP gazetteer database • ML, Twitter
  21. 21. OSGeo.JP Corroborate with@wata909 (Nobusuke Iwasaki: Project Manager) Neogeographers• Beginning with OSGeoJP, discuss ML and Twitter.• Over 20 volunteers joined the project.• About 100 aerial photographs were geo- rectified in two days.• Thousands of photographs were merged with GDAL• Some related projects were setup in order to facilitate this work.
  22. 22. Using Cloud Services
  23. 23. Many Satellite Data allow to use by OSM JAXA/ALOS, DigitalGlobe etc… earthquake_and_tsunami/Imageries
  24. 24. • Mapping using aerial photosOpenStreetMap • Import GIS data (OSM) • • Translation OSM Wiki, IRC, Twitter, Drupal
  25. 25. Japanese OSM Users and key=highway Statistics
  26. 26. 2011.032011.10 26
  27. 27. Workflow Geodatabase -osm_pt, osm_ln, osm_ply ArcGIS for Japan.osm (18GB) OpenStreetMap (daily dump file) 80,034,276 nodes$ spatialite_osm_net 6,801,613 ways-o japan121118.osm 12,301 relations–d ja121118.sqlite -T ( time: 18 h 3 m 14features sec ) Spatialite inserted 80,034,276 nodes 25,972,822 tags inserted 6,801,613 ways 44,327,471 tags 89,638,321 node-refs inserted 12,301 relations sqliteman 64,698 tags 191,977 refs ex. SELECT k, COUNT(v) FROM "osm_way_tags" GROUP BY k
  28. 28. 2011/3/11 – 4/11
  29. 29. 2011/3/11 – 4/11
  30. 30. 2011/3/11 – 4/11
  31. 31. • Disaster information through SMS(Ushahidi) • System development • Github, Yammer, Lingr (Skype), Twitter
  32. 32. ( SocialMedia + Map: Opensource Platform)platform for disaster information sharing connecting reports withsome locational information to the maps   (The word of ‘sinsai’:disaster in Japanese)
  33. 33. #jishin:earthquake   #j_j_helpme:need help reports   #hinan:evacuation collection and checking reports #anpi: safety confirmation mail website other sites checked by the moderators・ Release: 18:26 Mar. 11th (14:46 earthquake occurred)・ moderators: about 20 members   developer:10 members・ gross participants: over 300 members・ supporting companies: over 15 (Amazon,Yahoo, NTT, NTT Data,etc..)・ Reports: 23,836, PageView: 628,534 ( 3/11-4/22 )・ OutputsAPI (KML&REST API), GitHub (, Android …
  34. 34. For the Monitoring and Recovery
  35. 35. The Big Data Workshop for Project 311 #sinsaidata (Hosted by Google & Twitter Japan)”Mass Media Coverage Map” of The East Japan Earthquake (
  36. 36. Totsukawa-village (Nara Pref.) Disaster Map
  37. 37. Radiation Measurements by local government: Geo-visualization of Neogeographers Using Google Fusion Tables (@d_shiba)
  38. 38. The Supports of Recovery and Restoration using IT x OSM x Kenichi Takahashi ・ 5742669976  
  39. 39. Ideathon + Hackathon Engineers NPO/NGO etc- Designers Problems Others Join Ideas, Human resources Support Hack-a-thon by Hal Seki
  40. 40. Why is a restoration map needed ?• Response to local “Up-to-date” information• Official guide by Chamber of Commerce  ⇔ OSM• The possibility of collaboration by volunteers and residents Source:
  41. 41. 2012/03/20 First Mapping Party in Kamaishi■Purpose•Where is the restoration ?•What kinds of the restoration ?•(Geo-)visualization of the recently conditions■Challenges•Collected detail information from the local residents•It wants to visit a lot of people in Kamaishi
  42. 42. 2012/03/20 First Mapping Party in Kamaishi■Challenges•Collected detail informationfrom local residents•Desire to visit many people inKamaishi•Contacted over 40 people infieldwork (using GPS) andintroduced OSM editing•Logistics support byYokohama-team
  43. 43. 2012/03/16
  44. 44. 2012/03/24
  45. 45. 2012/05/12-13 Second Mapping Party in Kamaishi■Purpose•What kind of restoration map?•Discussion of the map’s features: shops, public facilities, tourism resources, etc.•The development of Pdf and/or paper-based self-making restoration map using OSM data
  46. 46. 2012/09/01-02 Field Excursion Tour with HOT
  47. 47. Before 311 Earthquakes
  48. 48. 311 Earthquakes after one month
  49. 49. After the 1st Mapping Party
  50. 50. After the 2nd Mapping Party
  51. 51. After the HOT Excursion Tour
  52. 52. What kind of the restoration map feature(s)• Targeting shops – The name of the shop – Type of the service – Opening-closing time – Telephone number – When is it open, and where is it located?
  53. 53. The Discussion of Restore Mapping Tagname Evacuation Housingname:ja_kana amenity=shelteramenitycuisineopening_hours Massage shopphone shop=massageaddr:fullrestart_daysource 61
  54. 54. The localization and re-designing of based MapOSMatic by Restoration Map Team (ongoing)
  55. 55. Making User Manual of Field Papersby Restoration Map Team(ongoing)
  56. 56. Conclusions• The Neogeographers contributed a vast amount of visual geospatial information in the response period.• Crowd sourcing and FOSS4G easily furthered networking activities.• The awareness of information sharing and openness in crisis response increased.• FOSS4G and Neogeography were committed to other possible disaster uses. (However, they were not able to deliver information and services directly to disaster area residents.)
  57. 57. Issues• The difficulty of the evaluation – VGI’s voluminous data; citizen motivation• The gap of the IT literacy and GIS skills in the Tohoku area – Continuing collaboration with Tohoku area is necessary• Too many geospatial archive projects and related social network channels – The continuity of the project and community growth – SNS: Twitter, Facebook, Lingr, Redmine, GitHub, etc.
  58. 58. The Role of the Neogeography and VGI for Next Steps• More active support for mapping by local residents• The special needs of easy-use, restoration mapping• The visualization of opening-closing times, holidays, etc. – Not only by neogeographers but also citizens• Need for more educational opportunities and resources to prepare (neo)geographers for next crisis
  59. 59. Thank you for your attention ! Twitter & Facebook: @tosseto E-mail: Thanks to: Nishimura, Y., Furuhashi, T., Seki, H., Kamaishi Mapping Team, OSMFJ and OSGeo.JP