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Harnessing the Crowdsourcing Power of Social Media for Disaster Relief
May/June 2011 (vol. 26 no. 3)
pp. 10-14
Huiji Gao, Arizona State University
Geoffrey Barbier, Arizona State University
Rebecca Goolsby, US Office of Naval Research

Social media sites have proven useful in disaster relief for information propagation and communication. Crowdsourcing applications based on social media applications such as Twitter and Ushahidi provide a powerful capability for collecting information from disaster scenes and visualizing data for relief decision making. This article briefly describes the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing applications applied to disaster relief coordination. It also discusses several challenges that need to be addressed to make crowdsourcing a useful tool that can effectively facilitate the relief progress in coordination, accuracy, and security.

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Index Terms:
intelligent systems, disaster relief, crowdsourcing, crisis map, coordination, relief organization
Citation:
Huiji Gao, Geoffrey Barbier, Rebecca Goolsby, "Harnessing the Crowdsourcing Power of Social Media for Disaster Relief," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 10-14, May-June 2011, doi:10.1109/MIS.2011.52
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