CogniCity is a free and open source software developed to crowdsource and 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.

Through a narration of the context surrounding the platform, the video The Same River, Twice, investigates the relationship between the ecological city (by way of its rivers) and the informational city (by way of its data streams) as they are expressed by and through new forms of humanitarian infrastructures.

Nashin Mahtani, March
Project Co-Manager & Lead Designer