Open IR

Crowdmapping ecological features and risk revealed by infrared data


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About the project Edit

OpenIR's initial focus is at the intersection of economic and environmental vulnerability. As our climate changes more rapidly, all societies must adjust and develop their systems to handle both slow- and rapid-onset ecological crises. OpenIR can be a key part of this development, thus saving societies millions of dollars -and lives.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Traditional maps can't give us data about environmental factors such as plants, buildings, soil and water. OpenIR gathers infrared data gathered by satellites and creates easy-to-use maps that help determine environmental risk such as flood, fire, etc.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Crowdsourced infrared maps givescommunities and organizations access to key information that will help them manage environmental risk in a more efficient manner thereby saving lives in times of disaster.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

OpenIR has launched a risk mapping pilot project in Indonesia. They collaborate with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and have support from UN Global Pulse, the UN's initiative to harness digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

This project has won the MIT Global Ideas Challenge in 2012 giving it substantial visibility.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Plans to market some of OpenIR services are underway, so OpenIR can be self-sufficient and not rely on grants.

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