The role Big Data plays in delivering humanitarian assistance

05/2/2013 | Forbes

Processing Big Data gleaned from social media and text sources to create crisis maps is a key to the future of disaster response, according to Patrick Meier, director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. This article explains the origins of crisis mapping and looks at what Meier and his team are doing to improve it, specifically with classifying tweets related to "infrastructure-damage assessments, casualties, humanitarian needs, [and] offers of help."

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