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Title: Post-disaster situational analysis from WhatsApp group chats of emergency response providers
Authors: Debnath, Pragna
Haque, Saniul
Bandyopadhyay, Somprakash
Roy, Siuli
Keywords: Twitter
Disaster Managemen
Event Detection
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SCOPUS
Proceedings of the International ISCRAM Conference
Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Abstract: Use of social media has established itself as one of the important information carriers in the field of disaster management. However, use of Twitter and Facebook by victims, first responders and others generates information that is varied, unstructured and unreliable. On the other hand, NGOs, operating in the disaster area, are often involved in intra-organizational communication using messaging apps like WhatsApp, and their group interactions can help in gathering meaningful data for situational analysis and need assessment. Our focus is to automate the process of filtering relevant information, query-based clustering of pertinent information from a WhatsApp group conversation of a specific volunteer group, so that situation analysis and need assessment can be done more rapidly. We have evaluated our scheme using WhatsApp chat log of a medical volunteer group in two post-disaster scenarios and concluded that it can provide valuable insights about region-specific resource requirements and allocation for effective decision making.
Description: Debnath, Pragna, IIEST, Shibpur, India; Haque, Saniul, IIEST, Shibpur, India; Bandyopadhyay, Somprakash, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India; Roy, Siuli, Heritage Institute of Technology, Kolkata, India
ISSN/ISBN - 24113387
Appears in Collections:Management Information Systems

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