The mission of SMDRM Task Force is to identify, understand, and address the challenges for improving adoption of non-traditional social media data for disaster management by taking a collaborative approach between researchers and practitioners in disaster management to co-design solutions.
In particular, practitioners widely recognise the potential of accessing timely information from citizen-generated data on social media, however, integrating it as supplemental information within traditional information systems of emergency management services is a complex challenge. The task force members have been actively engaged in organizing workshops to increase collaborations between researchers and practitioners to identify various challenges and discover solutions, which includes the first inaugural workshop [Lorini et al., 2021] in December 2020.
This survey is based on lessons learned during the 2021 inaugural workshop titled, “Social Media for Disaster Risk Management: Researchers meet Practitioners”, conducted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and members of its Social Media-driven Disaster Risk Management Task Force.
After the first stage of the survey , a series of focus group discussions is taking place and preliminary results will be presented during the 3rd workshop “Researchers meet Practitioners”.