OpenISDM (Open Information System for Disaster Management) is a thematic project of Taiwan Academia Sinica. Its goal is to develop an open framework for systems that provide data and information needed to support decisions and operations during disaster preparedness, response and recovery and research and planning in disaster reduction. An information system based on the framework, also called OpenISDM here, is open and sustainable: It is open in the sense that it supports the access and use of diverse, multi-domain data and information from independent sources by independently developed applications and services and can readily accommodate new information sources and applications as needed in response to unforeseen crisis situations. It is sustainable in the sense that it can adapt with needs, improve through use and grow in capabilities with scientific and technological advances.

The main thrust of the project effort is on the scientific and technological underpinnings of the OpenISDM framework and on the exploitation of diverse data and information made available by the system in research on disaster reduction. The project collaborates closely with Taiwan National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and the new Academia Sinica Center for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR).