Microblogging during two natural hazards events: What twitter may contribute to situational awareness

Sarah Vieweg, Amanda L. Hughes, Kate Starbird, Leysia Palen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

767 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We analyze microblog posts generated during two recent, concurrent emergency events in North America via Twitter, a popular microblogging service. We focus on communications broadcast by people who were "on the ground" during the Oklahoma Grassfires of April 2009 and the Red River Floods that occurred in March and April 2009, and identify information that may contribute to enhancing situational awareness (SA). This work aims to inform next steps for extracting useful, relevant information during emergencies using information extraction (IE) techniques.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings
Pages1079-1088
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010 - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2

Other

Other28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period10/4/1015/4/10

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • computer-mediated communication
  • crisis informatics
  • disaster
  • emergency
  • hazards
  • microblogging
  • situational awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Cite this

Vieweg, S., Hughes, A. L., Starbird, K., & Palen, L. (2010). Microblogging during two natural hazards events: What twitter may contribute to situational awareness. In CHI 2010 - The 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings (pp. 1079-1088). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1145/1753326.1753486