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Online public communications by police & fire services during the 2012 Hurricane Sandy
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We report on the online communications from all the coastal fire and police departments within a 100 mile radius of Hurricane Sandy's US landfall. Expand
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A vision for technology-mediated support for public participation & assistance in mass emergencies & disasters
We present a vision of the future of emergency management that better supports inclusion of activities and information from members of the public during disasters and mass emergency events. Such aExpand
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Natural Language Processing to the Rescue? Extracting "Situational Awareness" Tweets During Mass Emergency
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We describe an approach for automatically identifying messages communicated via Twitter that contribute to situational awareness, and explain why it is beneficial for those seeking information during mass emergencies. Expand
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Design and implementation of a data analytics infrastructure in support of crisis informatics research: NIER track
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We report on the current state of a crisis informatics data analytics infrastructure that we are developing in support of a broader, interdisciplinary research program. Expand
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"Beacons of hope" in decentralized coordination: learning from on-the-ground medical twitterers during the 2010 Haiti earthquake
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We examine the public, social media communications of 110 emergency medical response teams and organizations in the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake. Expand
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Crisis informatics—New data for extraordinary times
Focus on behaviors, not on fetishizing social media tools Crisis informatics is a multidisciplinary field combining computing and social science knowledge of disasters; its central tenet is thatExpand
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MySQL to NoSQL: data modeling challenges in supporting scalability
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This paper presents the lessons learned when transitioning a large-scale data collection infrastructure from a relational database to a hybrid persistence architecture that makes use of both relational and NoSQL technologies. Expand
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Think Local, Retweet Global: Retweeting by the Geographically-Vulnerable during Hurricane Sandy
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Hurricane Sandy wrought $6 billion in damage, took 162 lives, and displaced 776,000 people after hitting the US Eastern seaboard on October 29, 2012. Expand
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Digital mobilization in disaster response: the work & self-organization of on-line pet advocates in response to hurricane sandy
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This ethnographic study of a Facebook Page founded on 28 October 2012 in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's US landfall reveals how on-line pet advocates--a large but loosely organized social movement--mobilized their ad hoc discretionary activities to more cooperative, organized work to assist numerous displaced pets. Expand
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Supporting “Everyday Analysts” in Safety- and Time-Critical Situations
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The need for quick, timely, and accurate information is critical in emergency events. Expand
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