Nashin Mahtani

Talk: November 30, 5 pm @ MUHNAC
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Nashin Mahtani is Project Co-Manager and Lead Designer of, working in Jakarta. She’s coming to Lisbon to give us a lecture on the innovative process of crowdsourcing urban data in big cities, and its usefulness to help risk and damage control resulting from climate events.

The Same River Twice, video still (cropped)

As Nashin puts it:
CogniCity is a free and open source software developed to crowdsource and to visualize urban data. It helps to gather, verify, sort, and visualize data from a variety of localized communication networks into integrated, light-weight platforms relating these data spatially. This enterprise-level platform transforms vast volumes of data into actionable information for urban public and government agency decision-makers.

CogniCity OSS was initially designed, tested, and deployed through an operational platform, (Map Jakarta), during a three-year (2013-2016) applied research project. Following the success of this pilot study, the software was further developed to run (Disaster Map Indonesia), a free, web-based platform that produces megacity-scale visualizations of disasters using both crowd-sourced reporting and government agency validations in real-time. In the context of the platform, CogniCity OSS integrates the management of social media and API-sourced data in order to make hazard information open, accessible, and actionable for residents, government agencies, NGOs, and secondary private sector developers. has been used by millions of resident-users, informing their time-critical decisions on safety and navigation in response to the flood in real-time and has also been adopted by the National Emergency Management Agency (BNPB) to monitor flood events, improve response times, and share time-critical emergency information with residents.

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