Creating corroborated crisis reports from social media data through formal concept analysis

ANDREWS, Simon, GIBSON, Helen, DOMDOUZIS, Konstantinos and AKHGAR, Babak (2016). Creating corroborated crisis reports from social media data through formal concept analysis. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, 47, 287-312.

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During a crisis citizens reach for their smart phones to report, comment and explore information surrounding the crisis. These actions often involve social media and this data forms a large repository of real-time, crisis related information. Law enforcement agencies and other first responders see this information as having untapped potential. That is, it has the capacity extend their situational awareness beyond the scope of a usual command and control centre. Despite this potential, the sheer volume, the speed at which it arrives, and unstructured nature of social media means that making sense of this data is not a trivial task and one that is not yet satisfactorily solved; both in crisis management and beyond. Therefore we propose a multi-stage process to extract meaning from this data that will provide relevant and near real-time information to command and control to assist in decision support. This process begins with the capture of real-time social media data, the development of specific LEA and crisis focused taxonomies for categorisation and entity extraction, the application of formal concept analysis for aggregation and corroboration and the presentation of this data via map-based and other visualisations. We demonstrate that this novel use of formal concept analysis in combination with context-based entity extraction has the potential to inform law enforcement and/or humanitarian responders about on-going crisis events using social media data in the context of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Keywords : formal concept analysis, crisis management, disaster response, visualisation, entity extraction.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10844-016-0404-9
Depositing User: Helen Gibson
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 14:47
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 23:38

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