Patrick Meier: Filtering Tweets Real-Time for Crisis Response

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Twitcident: Filtering Tweets in Real-Time for Crisis Response

by Patrick Meier

The most recent newcomer to the “tweetsourcing” space comes to us from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Twitcident is a web-based filtering system that extracts crisis information from Twitter in real-time to support emergency response efforts. Dutch emergency services have been testing the platform over the past 10 months and results “show the system to be far more useful than simple keyword searching of a twitter feed” (NewScientist).

Here’s how it works. First the dashboard, which shows current events-of-interest being monitored.

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I look forward to following Twitcident’s developments. I’d be particularly interested in learning more about how Dutch emergency services have been using the tool and what features they think would improve the platform’s added value.

Berto Jongman: Here is the reference paper:

Twitcident: Fighting Fire with Information from Social Web Streams

See Also:

Graphic: Twitter as an Intelligence Tool

Howard Rheingold: News Filters for the Future – Technical Services or Human Networks?

Howard Rheingold: Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation – SwiftRiver

Mini-Me: Bin Laden death-detecting analytics service signs partnership with Twitter

Patrick Meier: Crisis Mapping Syria – Automated Data Mining and Crowdsourced Human Intelligence

Patrick Meier: Mobile Technologies, Crisis Mapping, & Disaster Response

Paul Fernhout: Open Letter to the Intelligence Advanced Programs Research Agency (IARPA)