Event Tracker: a Text Analytics Platform for Use During Disasters

Thomas, C., McCreadie, R. and Ounis, I. (2019) Event Tracker: a Text Analytics Platform for Use During Disasters. In: 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'19), Paris, France, 21-25 Jul 2019, pp. 1341-1344. ISBN 9781450361729 (doi:10.1145/3331184.3331406)

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Abstract

Emergency management organisations currently rely on a wide range of disparate tools and technologies to support the monitoring and management of events during crisis situations. This has a number of disadvantages, in terms of training time for new staff members, reliance on external services, and a lack of integration (and hence poor transfer of information) between those services. On the other hand, Event Tracker is a new solution that aims to provide a unified view of an event, integrating information from emergency response officers, the public (via social media) and also volunteers from around the world. In particular, Event Tracker provides a series of novel functionalities to realise this unified view of the event, namely: real-time identification of critical information, automatic grouping of content by the information needs of response officers, as well as real-time volunteers management and communication. This is supported by an efficient and scalable back-end infrastructure designed to ingest and process high-volumes of real-time streaming data with low latency.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mccreadie, Dr Richard and Ounis, Professor Iadh
Authors: Thomas, C., McCreadie, R., and Ounis, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISBN:9781450361729
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 42nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR'19): 1341-1344
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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