Disaster Ninja for Enhanced Disaster Response and Data Accuracy in OSM
07-19, 15:30–15:50 (Poland), Room CA4

OpenStreetMap (OSM) serves as an indispensable resource for geographical data, particularly in humanitarian interventions. This talk introduces Disaster Ninja, an application developed by Kontur to assist the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in updating and refining OSM data in disaster-affected areas. The presentation will cover Disaster Ninja's ability to spotlight active local mappers, thereby leveraging community expertise for data validation and updating. It will also discuss the application's quality assurance tools that help identify and correct data issues within OSM. The session will detail how Disaster Ninja's reporting features are used to assess roads, compare population numbers with actual data, and verify administrative boundaries, demonstrating its utility for both disaster management professionals and the HOT OSM team.

In this session, we will introduce Disaster Ninja, a tool by Kontur that improves the OpenStreetMap (OSM) usability in disaster response scenarios. Attendees will learn about Disaster Ninja's functionality to locate and engage active mappers, maximizing local community input for quick data adjustments. We will examine how the application's quality assurance layers aid in pinpointing and addressing OSM data inaccuracies. The session will discuss Disaster Ninja's reporting capabilities, which are critical for enhancing infrastructure data, validating demographic information, and checking the congruence of administrative limits within OSM. We will present how Disaster Ninja complements the HOT tasking manager, contributing to the OSM data refinement process. The talk will provide insights into how technology can assist in creating a more accurate and functional mapping resource for humanitarian efforts.

Andrei is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Master's in Automotive Engineering and a current role as Head of Sales at Kontur in Warsaw. Andrey has five years of experience in an international transport company with experience managing a team of more than 100 people, then became a co-founder and product manager at the startup UTruck, combining expertise in transport, GIS, and OpenStreetMap. Andrei is also an associate member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation and contributes his time and skills as a volunteer for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team with a couple of thousand edits of OSM.