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Project SLÁNDÁIL Video – Social Media and Emergency Management

23 May 2016

Slándáil (Irish word for ‘Security’), is a collaboration between emergency operatives, academics and SMEs. It demonstrates how to take information from social media for use in emergency management using ethical methods in a way that is cost effective.

Project Slándáil Video summarises some of the work done over the first 18 months of the project showing the technical implementation of its social media/emergency platform.

More information about the Slándáil (EU FP7) project (2014-2017):

Slándáil, a collaborative project between organisations across the EU, aims to ethically improve the use of social media to respond to disaster. Focusing on flood research, it is more than half-way complete.

Academic partners have developed advanced text, image, video and communication systems, combined with terminology and ontology development, to work with this coupled emergency management system. SME companies have combined their technologies – a text and media monitoring system and an emergency alarm system – to create a system that links social media to emergency control room operators. An ethical framework has also been developed for harvesting data building a unique legal framework, part-facilitated by Dublin firm Arthur Cox LLC. Communications strategies for emergency managers also form a key part of the project.

Emergency response teams at An Garda Síochána, the German Bundesministerium (military reserve, Saxony), Italian Civil Protection (Veneto region) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are involved in end user development. The first fully integrated system will be tested and demonstrated in July 2016.

Slándáil is coordinated by Professor Khurshid Ahmad, School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. A full list of partners and further information about the project can be found at: (EU FP7 Project Number 607691).