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Slándáil - Social Media in Disaster Response


24 Feb 2016

Project update (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).