Dashboard created to update public
In order to keep the public informed during emergencies, hurricanes, for example, the Towson Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS) has collaborated with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to create the Osprey Dashboard.
The Dashboard allows users to quickly gain information about power outages, traffic and weather in the state of Maryland, among other things.
The information comes from a variety of sources and agencies around Maryland.
According to Michael Bentivegna, associate director of the CGIS, development of the Osprey Dashboard was affected by a series of natural disasters.
“Kick off meeting for the project that included the Dashboard was at the end of June 2012. The Derecho of 2012 occurred shortly after that, MEMA was activated in response and recovery phase for several weeks. Hurricane Sandy came later in the summer,” he said in an email.
According to Bentivegna, development of the dashboard, which took about six months from the original meeting, happened when “time allowed” while the Towson CGIS wasn’t providing assistance to MEMA.
The development of Osprey was, according to Bentivegna, “a bit tricky” considering all the sources that had to come together to create the Dashboard. “The development of the dashboard User interface is one of the more straight forward tasks,” he said.