On Tuesday, 7th June 2016 , Disaster Management Innovation ( DMInnovation ) and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team ( HOT ) Indonesia had an opportunity to visit United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) representative of Asia Pacific office in Jakarta . This visit is in order to introduce InaSAFE and train local and international UNESCO staff associated with one of their project called VISUS.
VISUS is UNESCO collaboration project between UNESCO with some parties such as Safety and Protection Intersectoral (SPRINT) Laboratory of University of Udine in Italy, Faculty for Civil Engineering and Environmental of Bandung Technology Institute (FTSL ITB) and Natural Sciences Unit of UNESCO Headquarter Paris. VISUS aimed to give risk impact information for all educational facilities in certain area based on risk level, criticalities, emergency responses and estimation cost/losses. This information will be delivered to the decision makers and the educational community so they can make a rational and effective strategy. Now, VISUS has come into phase II where it expected to be integrated with the existing education and disaster risk information system software such as InaSAFE. Therefore, this training aimed to introduce UNESCO staff with InaSAFE so they can see possibility aspects how to integrate InaSAFE with VISUS.
This training conducted at UNESCO Indonesia Office in Jalan Galuh II No.5, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. It started from 03.00 pm – 07.00 pm and attended by 15 people. However, some of participants are from outside Jakarta and Indonesia therefore this training also using Skype video call and Team Viewer software.
The training started with a presentation by Charlotte Morgan as Spatial Data Analyst from DMInnovation. In this session, she explained about InaSAFE concept and InaSAFE use in Indonesia by showing all activites that use InaSAFE especially in Disaster Management sector. After that, the training continued with practical session which participants pratice their skill using QGIS and InaSAFE. InaSAFE version that being used in this training is InaSAFE 3.4 which is the latest version and it just released in early of June 2016. This training lead by Harry Mahardhika Machmud from HOT Indonesia and assisted by Felix Yanuar and Ivan Bushtomi from DMInnovation. This practical session divided into 4 sessions which are:
- Introduction in QGIS
- Run Basic InaSAFE
- Run Intermediate InaSAFE
- Other Hazard in InaSAFE
All the documentation of this training has been updated for InaSAFE 3.4 and it can be found here
Introduction in QGIS session started with installing QGIS and InaSAFE, fortunately all participants already install them before the training started so we continue with introduce QGIS interface dan tools. The participants were taught how to manage toolbar in QGIS and how to add new data as well as symbolize it. Data that used in this session was Jakarta Flood in 2013.
After that, the participants doing InaSAFE practical session where they learn run InaSAFE to see Jakarta Flood impact in 2013 for buildings and population quickly. Moreover, the participants also were taught to adjust flood threshold so they can get proper impact information about buildings, roads or minimum needs for people based on the field condition.
After understand how to run InaSAFE quickly, they participants learn about InaSAFE intermediate. In this session participants were taught how to define keyword for each data that they use. Hence, the participants also learned how to using administration boundary as an aggregation layer so their InaSAFE result not only show total affected buildings or people but also it can show the result based on administration boundary such as district boundary or sub-district boundary. In this session, the participants still using Jakarta Flood scenario in 2013. Lastly, they were taught to get data such as building and road from OpenStreetMap as one of alternative way to get exposure data using OpenStreetMap Downloader tool.
Last session was participant using run other hazard scenario in InaSAFE. In this training they run Padang City Earthquake scenario in 2009. They were taught how to run InaSAFE from beginning like define keyword until print their InaSAFE result in map and statistic table.
Generally, this training went really good. Even though some participants using Skype video call to do the training, All facilities and internet connection that provided by organizer were good and the Team Viewer software really helpful both for trainer and participant. By sharing same screen (trainer laptop screen) using Team Viewer, trainer can explain the steps clearly to remote participants and remote participants can follow the steps easily by looking through team viewer. Therefore, they can adequate this training from beginning until end of the training very good. The participants also said that InaSAFE is a very good platform and has some common aspects with VISUS in context of disaster management. Moreover, UNESCO is exploring option for access to hazard data for VISUS and considering if integration with InaSAFE is a good option. Therefore, they will look for further possibility to collaborate in the future. Finally, this training was closed by photo session between trainer and participants.