360-degree panorama pictures of Lifepatch: Jogja River Project [JRP]

Interdisciplinary collaboration of environment monitoring at Jogja River Project
(2013 – Present)


Jogja River Project (JRP) is a serial interdisciplinary collaboration project between various communities in Yogyakarta. Sincerely, during the first project that was held on 2011, JRP was an exploration expedition on the Yogyakarta river bank that widely open for everyone who willingly to join and open share all the data during the exploration.

My first contribution to this project was on the third exploration trip on Gajahwong River, 20 May 2012, which was joined as the representative from The Landscape Indonesia community. From that exploration itself, I made a travel journal photo story and published as a short article on the www.landscapeindonesia.com with a title as “Menelusuri Sungai Gajahwong Yogyakarta dalam Jogja River Project #3” (Exploring the Yogyakarta Gajahwong river at Jogja River Project #3).

In 2013, Jogja River Project developed as a bigger project with 4 main activities, such as The development of Bio-Electronic Laboratorium at the house of Lifepatch, making serial workshops about water sampling and visual documentation of the river environment, research activities through documentation and water sampling of Code river, and collaboration activities with various communities in Yogyakarta on Gajahwong river. Besides that, JRP also becomes part of Bio Design for the Real World program. A collaboration project between Lifepatch, various communities in Yogyakarta, Microbiology Department of  Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta University (UGM), EPFL Switzerland and Shrishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, India. The main idea of The Jogja River Project and The documentation of Jogja River Project 2013 process itself had been described very detailed on Lifepatch Website.

Within this big collaboration, I joined as a member of the visual documentation team and working with Joan Prahara Bumi. In order to record The river environment condition as information that easy to understand, we made a 360-degree panoramic picture on every water sampling location. To support the process, we made a small research to build a simple extension tool for our tripod, which is a homemade panoramic head that only costs approximately $1. Although still need enhancement, the tool itself that we called as The DIY 360-Degree Panohead V.01 is already quite useful to support the process of environmental monitoring documentation.

The river environment condition documentation itself is conducted in about 20 locations that spread along the Code River, which are still in the administrative territory of Yogyakarta city.

Moreover, within the process, we produced raw pictures as material that usually about 45-50 pictures from each spot location. From this point, all of those pictures became part and stitching all together and made the 360-degree picture.

The serial photos as the environmental documentation in each location that was previewed with Adobe Photoshop CS6

Within the process of 360-degree panoramic picture-making, the documentation team also make a collaboration with Budi Prakosa, Lifepatch member who is a programmer. In his hand, all the material pictures stitch together with PTGui, a panoramic stitching software that originally developed as a Graphical User Interface for Panorama Tools.

After that, all the 360-degree panoramic photos combined with all the data of river monitoring became part of an interactive map of the Code River environmental monitoring. The map itself made as an online platform database with free and open-source software (LGPL) for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping that is developed by a non-profit software company called Ushahidi, Inc.

Map Interactive

mapslifepatch.org from lifepatch on Youtube.com, a video that was made by Adhari Donora about user interaction with the Lifepatch Jogja River Project map.

In 2014, the project continues until nowadays. Within the process of the Jogja River Project 2014, the location of the water sampling and documentation process is increasing became 27 locations, which is conducted to make better documentation and wider data.


Meanwhile, to support the documentation process with better equipment that still cheap and affordable, we start to develop the second version of DIY Panohead that based on information from free source knowledge at PanoTools.org Wiki. With the DIY Panohead V.02 that only cost about 20$, the 360-degree documentation process conducts again at the same spot. Review of the DIY Panohead V.02 design process itself already documented on the 360-degree Panohead page.

The Lifepatch documentation of Jogja River Project 2016 by Adhari Donora


Related Article:
-“Menelusuri Sungai Gajahwong Yogyakarta dalam Jogja River Project #3
– 360-degree Panohead design process

Published On Local Newspaper:
The article that published in a daily local newspaper called Harian Jogja and Solopos on August 27, 2015. The article was written by Gilang Jiwana [Redaksi@jibinews.co]

Reference and Link External:
– Detail and description of Jogja River Project – lifepatch.org
– Detail and description of Jogja River Project 2013 – lifepatch.org
– Bio Design for the Real World  – EPFL + (Art)ScienceBLR +Lifepatch