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Lessons Learned In Nepal – Social Media Monitoring During Humanitarian Crises

October 17th, 2015 | by EJC

Part of ACAPS’ Nepal Earthquake response included a social media monitoring pilot: the team produced fortnightly monitoring reports, with the aim of helping to identify needs, concerns, developing trends and emerging risks among the effected population; and conversations related to the quality and accessibility of aid


Humanitarian UAV Missions In Nepal: Early Observations

May 26th, 2015 | by EJC

When harnessed successfully, UAV technology can provide timely, high-resolution aerial data to inform humanitarian responses. However, as Patrick Meier explains through his experience responding to the recent Nepal Earthquake, leveraging a new, unfamiliar technology for disaster response can also present major challenges


Establishing Social Media Hashtag Standards For Disaster Response

November 24th, 2014 | by EJC

While information scarcity has long characterized our information landscapes, today’s information-scapes are increasingly marked by an overflow of information—Big Data. To this end, encouraging the proactive standardization of hashtags may be one way to reduce this Big Data challenge


UAV/Aerial Video Of Gaza Destruction

September 25th, 2014 | by EJC

Media Town, a Palestinian-based production company, flew their DJI Phantom2 quadcopter with a GoPro Hero+3 camera over Gaza City’s eastern suburb of Al-Shejaiya just a few days ago, Patrick Meier examines the results


The First Ever Spam Filter For Disaster Response

August 2nd, 2013 | by EJC

While spam filters provide additional layers of security to websites, they can also be used to process all kinds of information. Perhaps most famously, for example, the reCAPTCHA spam filter was used to transcribe the New York Times’ entire paper-based archives.



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