Workshop Proceedings of the 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
SMDRM: A Platform to Analyze Social Media for Disaster Risk Management in Near Real Time
Social media has been described as a mechanism for understanding a situation using information spread across many minds, i.e., a form of distributed cognition (Hutchins 1995). Gaining situational awareness in a disaster is critical and time-sensitive. Social media provides a vast data source that might help improve response in the early hours and days of a crisis. However, social media platforms may not provide information in a manner that is useful for crisis responders. SMDRM is a software platform that streamlines the processing of text and images extracted from Twitter in near real-time during a specific event.