United Nations Global Pulse
The tool, which was prototyped last year with support from the Government of Indonesia, has been refined and further developed based on feedback received from stakeholders. Moreover, the hazegazer.org platform was officially launched in January 2017 at the UN World Data Forum. Below is a summary of the additional features that were included since the announcement of the prototype and the plans for scaling it up.
Since the prototype was launched last year, Pulse Lab Jakarta has been working to enable general public access and use of the Haze Gazer tool.
The platform aims to provide insights on the location and strength of fire and haze hotspots as well as on the response strategies of affected populations. It uses advanced data analytics and data science to mine open data, such as fire hotspot information from satellites (Global Forest Watch), as well as social signals in the form of text (Twitter and LAPOR!), image (Instagram), and video (YouTube).
Through the platform, users can generate more precise insights on haze situations on the ground with charts and maps that combine the dynamics of real-time social signals with statistic information such as a population distribution and point-of-interest (for example, the locations of schools and hospitals).
Specifically, Haze Gazer now includes:
Pulse Lab Jakarta made the platform publicly available in the hope that it will (a) in the short-term, increase citizen engagement, (b) in the medium-term, empower citizens, and (c) in the long-term, strengthen the resilience of local communities.
The Lab is conducting field research to better understand how residents in haze-prone areas gather information on haze and haze-related impacts as well as how they share the information with their networks.
This will undoubtedly inform the development of the Haze Gazer mobile interface, as well as shape how other aspects of the tool will be developed. Some of the applications the Lab is looking to include: