Public Sphere: Gov 2.0 - Raul Vera

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Public Sphere: Gov 2.0 - Raul Vera

  1. 1. Mapping a Disaster Raul Vera, Google rvera@google.com
  2. 2. February 7, 2009
  3. 3. fires started sat 7 feb still danger a week+ later some fires burned a month
  4. 4. many fires, across the state
  5. 5. up to date information
  6. 6. official sources Country Fire Authority: private lands www.cfa.vic.gov.au Dept of Sustainability and Environment: public lands www.dse.vic.gov.au
  7. 7. problem #1 server load 500 Server Error
  8. 8. problem #2 locating these places
  9. 9. friendʼs elderly parents here friend lives sibling here lives here
  10. 10. but where are the fires?
  11. 11. who needs to know? people in danger friends and family people following the news
  12. 12. sunday morning started thinking we should do something
  13. 13. version one process CFA RSS feed geocode locations publish as an interactive map
  14. 14. version two automate geocoding auto-refresh the map search, links to relief agencies
  15. 15. slight issue Fire service data not always clean “5KM SE WARBUTON TRK”
  16. 16. step three satellite imagery
  17. 17. NASA MODIS TERRA and AQUA 250m resolution daily coverage IR detectors rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
  18. 18. polar orbit online within a few hours
  19. 19. made map embeddable news sites blog posts homepage promo peak: 8M map views/day sustained: 60 hits/sec
  20. 20. benefits reassurance for the worried better understanding of the fire scale took load off fire service websites
  21. 21. lesson enable people to reuse your data
  22. 22. geocoded RSS ➙ maps = map of family/friends
  23. 23. going forward
  24. 24. geocoded RSS more please
  25. 25. more than fires
  26. 26. geo spatial information conveys vital information
  27. 27. disasters alerts evacuations
  28. 28. how to ensure accuracy, timeliness? very real concern for disaster-relief agencies
  29. 29. create clear license lay out terms for re-use
  30. 30. for instance attribution links timeliness
  31. 31. structure attach times to data attach locations to data use georss
  32. 32. prevent misuse selectively e.g. limit precision locating urban fires
  33. 33. you arenʼt the only one with a use for your data
  34. 34. open data especially when lives may depend on it

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