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Special Achievement in GIS Award

2017 SAG Award Winners

National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction

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Project Goal

The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) has been building a Disaster Information Portal for national and local emergency operation centers. The system synthesis information provided by related agencies provided a common operational view for central and local disaster management professionals. Although it was a great success, the system can be improved by integrating disaster information from social media, which have been proven providing valuable real-time information. The purpose of this project is to develop modules and procedures to collect, analyze and integrate disaster information from social media in real time.
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Business Problem Solved

1. Collect and analyze disaster information from social media in real time.
2. Integrate social media information into the Disaster Information Portal and develop guidelines on how to use this information for disaster management.

Technology Implemented

The Disaster Information Portal is developing using the ArcGIS platform.
1. Real-time situations and predicted scenarios from the portal are used to direct the search focus of social media to areas which have been or will be affected by the disaster.
2. Use portal to geocode social media information.
3. The portal is used to validate the social media information and access its value.
4. Integrate disaster information from social media to the portal and develop templates for using them in various disaster management tasks.

Development Team Biography

Chih-Hao, Liu. He is an assistant researcher at the information division of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). His major duty is to research and implement big data analysis of social media for disaster management. He is the project manager and planner.

Hsueh-Chou, Chou. Deputy Directory of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, who acts as the CIO for the center. He is the project leader.

Jeng-Fen, Bau. She is an researcher assistant at the information division of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). She is a member of the project.

Sung-Ying, Chien. She is an researcher assistant at the policy and socio-economics division of the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). She is a member of the project.

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