Workshop held on open source technology

Asia-Pacific, May 18 2017

JAKARTA: The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) — with the support from Australian government – has collaborated with Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Indonesia and the Philippines with the support of USAID and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities through capacity development using open source technology.

HOT delivered technical training over the weekend on how persons with disabilities can leverage their position by mapping their community’s location and relevant points of interest needed for humanitarian coordination when an emergency situation occurs.

The training is tailored to specific needs of persons with disabilities and teaches them to use innovative, open-source tools, such as WheelMap and OSM Tracker, as well as GPS, JOSM, and InaSAFE that enable them to initiate data collection and perform a GIS analysis of risks in their surrounding neighborhood. Held in Surakarta and the village of Gadingan, participants engaged in both classroom learning and fieldwork surveys.

Wheelmap is a web-based and mobile app that can help identify whether a public facility is fully, partially, or inaccessible for people travelling with wheelchairs. Tagging in wheelmap is very straightforward, allowing people in general, including persons with disabilitiescommunities, to easily add information through a simple three-color coding process.

There are still several limitations to the applications, such as wheelmap, and other map related tools. Being a visual tool, designed to inform disaster managers and policy-makers of infrastructure accessibility, persons with disabilities  especially those with vision disabilities, may not be able to fully utilize the application features. Further enhancing voice assistance on most features would greatly improve its accessibility for people who are blind. During the training, the role of a caregiver is also indispensable.

HOT has also developed map tagging, such as tactile pedestrian access, in addition to wheelchair access for people like Supriyadi to identify and inform of the distribution of infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities. Having a tactile map printed out for community members with visual impairments will also help them identify their location and its adjacent facilities, allowing them to be situationally aware of their neighborhood and orientation when an unfortunate event strikes.

Source: jakartapost

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