After a long effort by the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG), the report Using Social Media for Enhanced Situational Awareness and Decision Support was just released on Tuesday. I was very happy to be a part of developing this report among many other talented people.
The report also discusses issues that extend well beyond social media. The report highlights many of the issues we face related to disaster information management as a whole. If you have questions about big data, social data, data interoperability, this report is your primer.
- "Information Application: The ability to access, share, search, verify, contextualize, and manage available information. This concept also includes the identification of essential elements of information in social media as they relate to traditional public safety information requirements.
- Privacy, Legal, and Security Challenges: There are several challenges associated with the use of social media for situational awareness, especially with regards to user privacy and the use of personally identifiable information (PII); the need to remove details when sharing information across multiple partners; and the security of networks, platforms, tools, and data.
- Data and Open Standards: To truly enhance situational awareness, social media must be integrated, both technically and contextually, within the larger information environment and into the public safety operational workflow. Additional considerations include event detection, data formats, data models, ontologies, semantic and linked data, automation, and artificial intelligence.
- Technology Development: Challenges associated with the use of third-party platforms, analytics tools, the development of operational requirements, the ability to geo-locate information published to social media, spatial-temporal characteristics (disparate and virtual communities, time decay of posts, etc.), and integration with NextGen911 will require further research. "
The DHS VSMWG also published a great report in May 2013: Lessons Learned: Social Media
and Hurricane Sandy. This group is doing great things and trying to push the ball forward with social media and technology.
I hope you take the time to read through this report. Look forward to you comments and feedback!