Characterization of the use of social media in natural disasters

A systematic review

Babak Abedin, Abdul Babar, Alireza Abbasi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Social media sites are playing a significant role in rapid propagation of information when disasters occur. This effective communication platform is a great useful tool for emergency (disaster) management agencies during all phases of disaster management life cycle: prevention (mitigation), preparedness, response, and recovery. This study has conducted a systematic review of social media use in disaster management literature to identify how social media sites have been used during these four critical phases of disaster management life cycle in order to recommend strategies for government officials. A systematic method has been used to search four major academic databases for this review. The search resulted in 40 articles and categorized the findings in six main themes: situational awareness, data collection methods, distributed sensor systems, news and rumors, sentiment analysis, and digital volunteerism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Fourth International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, BDCloud 2014 : with the Seventh IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking, SocialCom 2014, the Fourth International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, SustainCom 2014 ; proceedings : Sydney, Australia, 3-5 December 2014
EditorsJinjun Chen, Laurence T. Yang
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages449-454
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479967193
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event4th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, BDCloud 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

Conference

Conference4th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, BDCloud 2014
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period3/12/145/12/14

Keywords

  • Social Media
  • disaster management
  • systematic literature review

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