Crowdsourcing Linked Open data for disaster management

Jens Ortmann, Minu Limbu, Dong Wang, Tomi Kauppinen

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This paper shows how Linked Open Data can ease the challenges of information triage in disaster response efforts. Recently, disaster management has seen a revolution in data collection. Local victims as well as people all over the world collect observations and make them available on the web. Yet, this crucial and timely information source comes unstructured. This hinders a processing and integration, and often a general consideration of this information. Linked Open Data is supported by number of freely available technologies, backed up by a large community in academia and it offers the opportunity to create flexible mash-up solutions. At hand of the Ushahidi Haiti platform, this paper suggests crowdsourced Linked Open Data. We take a look at the requirements, the tools that are there to meet these requirements, and suggest an architecture to enable non-experts to contribute Linked Open Data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-22
Number of pages12
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventTerra Cognita Workshop on Foundations, Technologies and Applications of the Geospatial Web - Bonn, Germany
Duration: 23 Oct 201123 Oct 2011

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