Resilience of Cities

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Resilience of Cities


Summary: This group aims to develop metrics of cities' resilience to various types of disaster, empirically verify this method using information from recent disasters, and compare resilience between a large number of global cities.

Contact: Richard Barnes (

Participants: Alex Ejedor, Laurence Brandenberger, Masa Haraguchi, Matthew Histen, Will Chang, Brent Schneeman

Possibly relevant literature

"REDARS 2 Methodology and Software for Seismic Risk Analysis of Highway Systems"

"osmar - OpenStreetMap and R" A practical example of extracting data from the OSM API via R. Talks about "ways" and "nodes". A "way" seems to be very equivalent to our "edge".

OpenStreetMap Wiki: describes the XML schema (but no XML Schema Document exists). As they say, "Basically it is a list of instances of our data primitives (nodes, ways, and relations)." Oh, and you can get the entire data via a ~30GB binary compress format or an ~500GB text XML format. Certain regional extracts exist. See


Also when people (Brent I think?) were talking about locations you'd go in an emergency, I thought of the CERT volunteers:


Will Chang williamkurtischang at gmail dot com
Richard Barnes rbarnes at umn dot edu
matthew histen (linguo42 at gmail dot com)
penny mealy penny.mealy at gmail dot com
Brent Schneeman brent at homeaway dot com
Martina Steffen martinasemail at gmail dot com
Laurence Brandenberger lenzi.m.b at gmail dot com
Tirtha Bandy tirtha.bandy at csiro dot au
Kleber Neves kleberna at gmail dot com
Alejandro Tejedor alej.tejedor at