Crisis analytics: big data-driven crisis response

Junaid Qadir, Raihan ur Rasool, Andrej Zwitter, Arjuna Sathiaseelan, Jon Crowcroft

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Disasters have long been a scourge for humanity. With the advances in technology (in terms of computing, communications, and the ability to process, and analyze big data), our ability to respond to disasters is at an inflection point. There is great optimism that big data tools can be leveraged to process large amounts of crisis-related data (in the form of user generated data in addition to traditional humanitarian data) to provide an insight into the fast-changing situation and help drive an effective disaster response. This article introduces the history and the future of big crisis data analytics, along with a discussion on its promise, enabling technologies, challenges, and pitfalls.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of International Humanitarian Action
Publication statusPublished - 17-Aug-2016

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