This is a summarized view of doctoral consortium presentation done at NSF SoCS 2013 PI meeting.
During recent crises, citizens (sensors) are increasingly using social media to share variety of information- situation on the ground, emerging needs, donation offers, damage, etc. In such an evolving ad-hoc community, how can we extract actionable nuggets from the social media streams to aid relief efforts? This doctoral consortium presentation summarized in a poster shows a framework to analyze social media data and manage information to assist coordination by focusing on three important questions to answer: Whom to coordinate with, Why to coordinate and How to coordinate. It shows exemplary insights for needs and availability from the recent disaster events.
Check this ICWSM-2013 tutorial partly based on Hemant Purohit's PhD work with his mentors (Dr. Patrick Meier and Dr. Carlos Castillo) and adviser (Prof. Amit Sheth): http://www.slideshare.net/knoesis/icwsm-2013-tutorial-crisis-mapping-citizen-sensing-and-social-media-analytics (details: http://www.knoesis.org/hemant/present/icwsm2013)
Check out the NSF SoCS project on leveraging social media for crisis response: http://knoesis.org/research/semsoc/projects/socs