Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response

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Author(s) Patrick Meier
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Institution Routledge
Publication Date 2015-01-24
Keyword(s) Volunteers, Crowdsourcing, Crisis Mapping
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Abstract The overflow of information generated during disasters can be as paralyzing to humanitarian response as the lack of information. Making sense of this information--Big Data--is proving an impossible challenge for traditional humanitarian organizations, which is precisely why they're turning to Digital Humanitarians. This new humanitarians mobilize online to make sense of vast volumes of data--social media and text messages; satellite and aerial imagery--in direct support of relief efforts worldwide. How? They craft ingenious crowdsourcing solutions with trail-blazing insights from artificial intelligence. This book charts the spectacular rise of Digital Humanitarians, highlighting how their humanity coupled with innovative Big Data solutions is changing humanitarian relief for forever.
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