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Digital humanitarians : how big data is changing the face of humanitarian response

Author: Patrick Meier, Ph. D.
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This gripping real-time drama is set against the devastation of the Haiti earthquake. The author, a pioneer of digital humanitarianism, didn't stay idle long. Within hours, from his laptop, he'd assembled a global network of volunteers to collect, analyze, sift through, map, and relay accurate information from survivors on the ground voicing cries of help using social media. Their data-mining accomplishments were  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Meier, Ph. D.
ISBN: 9781482248395 1482248395 9781498726474 149872647X
OCLC Number: 885231305
Description: xxv, 233 pages: illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The rise of digital humanitarians --
The rise of big (crisis) data --
Crowd computing social media --
Crowd computing satellite and aerial imagery --
Artificial intelligence for disaster response --
Artificial intelligence in the sky --
Verifying big crisis data with crowd computing --
Verifying big data with artificial intelligence --
Digital humanitarians in the Arab Spring --
Next-generation digital humanitarians.
Responsibility: Patrick Meier.

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This gripping real-time drama is set against the devastation of the Haiti earthquake. The author, a pioneer of digital humanitarianism, didn't stay idle long. Within hours, from his laptop, he'd assembled a global network of volunteers to collect, analyze, sift through, map, and relay accurate information from survivors on the ground voicing cries of help using social media. Their data-mining accomplishments were record-breaking and set new standards for quick action in large scale disaster relief situations. This book explains the technology behind this new wave of ICT networking and data-mining. Praise for the book: Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data Changes the Face of Humanitarian Response examines how new uses of technology and vast quantities of digital data are transforming the way societies prepare for, respond to, cope with, and ultimately understand humanitarian disasters. Dr. Enzo Bollettino, Executive Director, The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University ... explains the strengths and potential weaknesses of using big data and crowdsourced analytics in crisis situations. It is at once a deeply personal and intellectually satisfying book. Professor Steven Livingston, Professor of Media & Public and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

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Patrick Meier is a passionate evangelist for the power of big data to help us respond to natural disasters and other crises. He is also a careful scholar who thinks deeply about the limits and Read more...

 
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