In search of the bigger picture: The emergent role of on-line photo sharing in times of disaster

Sophia B. Liu, Leysia Palen, Jeannette Sutton, Amanda L. Hughes, Sarah Vieweg

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Abstract

Eyewitness photography is increasingly playing a more significant role in disaster response and recovery efforts. This research elaborates on the ways in which members of the public participate during times of disaster by closely examining the evolving role of a prominent photo-sharing website, Flickr, in events that have occurred since its launch in February 2004. We discuss features of Flickr's emerging evolutionary growth as a community forum for disaster-related grassroots activity based on the findings from our qualitative study of 29 groups across six disasters over Flickr's nearly three-year lifespan. Our findings discuss efforts toward the development of norms that attempt to guide the nature of social practice around photographic content during disaster response and recovery efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
Pages140-149
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780615206974
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Event5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 4 May 20087 May 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Other

Other5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period4/5/087/5/08

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Keywords

  • Citizen journalism
  • Convergence
  • Crisis informatics
  • Disaster studies
  • Flickr
  • Photo sharing
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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Liu, S. B., Palen, L., Sutton, J., Hughes, A. L., & Vieweg, S. (2008). In search of the bigger picture: The emergent role of on-line photo sharing in times of disaster. In Proceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 140-149). (Proceedings of ISCRAM 2008 - 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management). Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.