Please note that the deadline for papers is next month:
· Academic papers – 20 January 2013
· Practical applications and use cases – 27 January 2013
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SMERST 2013: Social Media and Semantic Technologies in Emergency Response
15-16 April 2013, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom (http://www.disaster20.eu/smerst2013/)
This conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in Emergency Response and Humanitarian Disasters who are interested in Social Media and/or Semantic Technologies. We seek both academic studies as well as practical applications and use cases across both areas of interest.
Social Media: The last few years have seen an explosive growth in the use of social media in all kinds of disasters (Fukushima, Australian Floods, Haiti, to name but a few). Most recently and dramatically has been the use of social media as well as a wide collection of Web 2.0 systems in the response to Hurricane Sandy. While a great deal has already been written on the use of social media in disasters and emergencies there is a continuous flow of new developments, further creative ways that people are using these technologies to help themselves in disasters. Equally, there is a growing use by emergency managers of social media to communicate in real time with the public and in some cases to establish two way dialogues. There is still much to be learnt in terms of best practice and in terms of the effectiveness both for authorities and the public in using these technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
Semantic Web and Structured Data: The explosion of data in semantic web formats since the introduction of the Linked Data principles, and the corresponding growth of open data initiatives in the UK, US and now in many other countries both point to an opportunity for emergency and disaster systems to be built which integrate structured data, build on semantic technologies and provide new services for emergencies and disasters. Data silos currently exist between organisations who share responsibility for emergency response and the opportunity now arises to reduce these barriers in view of the technologies available. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
Submissions should be made through Easychair via this link: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smerst2013
There are two types of submissions:
Abstracts can be submitted directly within the Easychair submission system. Full papers should use either the Easychair latex template, or the Easychair Word template, both of which can be found Instructions for submission are as follows:
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