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Collective Platform for Community Resilience and Social Innovation during Crises

Objective

Response to crisis often reveals organisational and technological shortcomings, which threaten community recovery and sustainable. Even though some technological solutions exist, challenges of communication, interoperability, and data analytics remain. The deployment and use of technologies, and the social structures in which they are adopted, are interdependent. Hence it is imperative to develop human-centred technologies that take into account actual real world practices of affected populations and responders. The rise of social media as an information channel during crisis has become key to community resilience and response. However, existing crisis awareness applications, such as Ushahidi, while vital for information gathering, often struggle to address the challenges of real-time social data analysis and aggregation of crisis micro-events, and filtering of unverified content and reporters. This project will build an intelligent collective resilience platform to help communities to reconnect, respond, and recover from crisis situations. COMRADES will achieve this through an interdisciplinary, socio-technical approach, which will draw on the latest advances in computational social science, social computing, real-time analytics, text and social media analysis, and Linked Open Data. The platform specifications and design requirements will be derived through participatory design workshops with existing activist, responder, and reporter communities. The open source COMRADES platform will go beyond the now standard data collection, mapping, and manual analysis functions provided by the underpinning, widely used Ushahidi crisis mapping tool, to include new intelligent algorithms aimed at helping communities, citizens, and humanitarian services with analysing, verifying, monitoring, and responding to emergency events. COMRADES platform will be deployed and evaluated with multiple, local and distributed, communities, using collective multilingual crisis information.

Coordinator

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 660 648,75
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

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Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

I-HUB LIMITED

Participation ended

Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Ngong Road Bishop Magua Building 4th Floor
00200 Nairobi

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 321 250,00
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITETET I AGDER

Participation ended

Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 73 596,25
Address
Universitetsveien 25
4604 Kristiansand

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Region
Norge Agder og Sør-Østlandet Agder
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
GOVERNMENT TO YOU
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 71 250,00
Address
Auguste Reyerslaan 80
1030 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 258 526,25
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
USHAHIDI NETWORK
Kenya
Net EU contribution
€ 613 750,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00