Indonesia's open-source disaster measurement tool supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has been recognized by Wired Magazine as a top 10 open source 'rookie of the year' project. The project's commitment to the open source community along with its multi-institutional collaboration are what made the project stand out. The tool is part of GFDRR's Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) that is a collaboration between the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, the Australian Government (AusAID) through the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR) and the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNBP).
The InaSAFE name comes from Indonesia Scenario Assessment for Emergencies, and is used to model realistic natural hazard impact scenarios. The free and open software is used both for preparedness and respnse as well as risk reduction and recovery. The tool is useful for gauging the impacts of floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, and helps governments make evacuation plans and other preparations.
InaSAFE is a plugin for the open source GIS application Quantum GIS that pulls in data from several sources, including the science community, the federal government, local communities, and even citizens. While InaSAFE does not model hazards, it presents the work of experts for communities and the public to provide more realistic and useful scenarios.
As an open source project, the latest source code is made available via Github (https://github.com/AIFDR/inasafe), with modules for risk calculations, gis functionality and functions for impact modelling.
InaSAFE is already having an impact to help villages, towns and cities become more resilient to natural disasters. While Indonesia originated the project, since it is open source, it has the potential to have an impact around the world, particularly in the developing world and along vulnerable coastlines.
Visit the InaSAFE online tool here.