Netizens help respond to natural disasters

Abu Dhabi: Social media users are helping humanitarian organisations better respond to natural disasters by sifting through volumes of big data, was the theme of a lecture at New York University Abu Dhabi.Assisting humanitarian organisations cope with an overflow of information thanks to social media, digital humanitarians are being increasingly called on to help sift through large amounts of data.The concept is a form of crowdsourcing, except in this case the crowdsourcing is done over the internet with users going through tweets, pictures, and videos of a natural disaster. As users comb the massive amounts of data, they pinpoint the most relevant information that will be of use to organisations looking to form a response to a humanitarian crisis.Patrick Meier, who wrote the book Digital Humanitarians, has helped develop MicroMappers,…


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