Promoting structured data in citizen communications during disaster response: An account of strategies for diffusion of the 'Tweak the Tweet' syntax

Kate Starbird, Leysia Palen, Sophia B. Liu, Sarah Vieweg, Amanda Hughes, Aaron Schram, Kenneth Mark Anderson, Mossaab Bagdouri, Joanne White, Casey McTaggart, Chris Schenk

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Abstract

'Tweak the Tweet' is an idea for enabling citizen reporting via microblogs during crisis events. It instructs users of Twitter to tag and structure their messages to make them machine-readable using what is known as a microsyntax. This chapter describes efforts to deploy the Tweak the Tweet syntax during several crisis events in 2010. We describe how syntax, instructions, and the nature of such a campaign evolved within and across events, and share the insights gained about the use of structured data reporting during mass emergencies and disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrisis Information Management
Subtitle of host publicationCommunication and Technologies
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Pages43-63
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781843346470
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

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Keywords

  • Citizen reporting
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Crisis informatics
  • Haiti earthquake
  • Microblogs
  • Social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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Starbird, K., Palen, L., Liu, S. B., Vieweg, S., Hughes, A., Schram, A., Anderson, K. M., Bagdouri, M., White, J., McTaggart, C., & Schenk, C. (2011). Promoting structured data in citizen communications during disaster response: An account of strategies for diffusion of the 'Tweak the Tweet' syntax. In Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies (pp. 43-63). Elsevier Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-1-84334-647-0.50003-5