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Collective Platform for Community Resilience and Social Innovation during Crises

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

Address

Walton Hall
Mk7 6aa Milton Keynes

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 660 648,75

Participants (6)

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I-HUB LIMITED

Kenya

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 321 250

UNIVERSITETET I AGDER

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 73 596,25

Government To You

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 71 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 258 526,25

USHAHIDI NETWORK

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 613 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 687847

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 999 021,25

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 021,25

Coordinated by:

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom