The possibility of social media analysis for disaster management

Takeshi Sakaki, Yutaka Matsuo, Satoshi Kurihara, Fujio Toriumi, Kosuke Shinoda, Itsuki Noda, Koki Uchiyama, Kazuhiro Kazama

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Abstract

Collecting sharing, and delivering information in disaster situations is crucially important. Mass media such as TV, radio, and newspapers have played important roles in information distribution in past disasters and crises. Recently, social media have received much attention for their use as an information sharing tool. Especially, it is said that people used Twitter to collect and share information in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In academic fields, some researchers have started to propose some methods and systems for disaster management by analyzing social media data. Other people doubt whether social media will actually function effectively for disaster management because of uncertainty and inaccuracies related to rumors and misunderstanding. In this paper, we overview current studies of social media analysis for disaster management and explain some studies in detail to show their possibility and availability. We specifically examine situational awareness, user behavior analysis and information propagation analysis, which are three approaches to social media analysis, to clarify what social media analysis can and cannot do. Additionally, we propose some concepts for social media analysis and show how those concepts help to collaborate with us, researchers in social media analysis fields and other research fields.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013
Pages238-243
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2013 Aug 262013 Aug 29

Publication series

Name2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013
CountryJapan
CitySendai
Period13/8/2613/8/29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Sakaki, T., Matsuo, Y., Kurihara, S., Toriumi, F., Shinoda, K., Noda, I., Uchiyama, K., & Kazama, K. (2013). The possibility of social media analysis for disaster management. In 2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013 (pp. 238-243). [6669048] (2013 IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference, R10-HTC 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/R10-HTC.2013.6669048