On 24th and 25th April the third RESCUE consortium meeting took place in Austria.
The main project researchers and some more colleagues from Graz had a productive workshop presenting and discussing works-in-progress on the first day. Preliminary results of the different case studies concerning social media with reference to the terrorist attacks in Norway (WP2), the 2013 flooding in central Europe (WP3) and “swine flu”, Ebola and pandemic flu preparedness (WP4) were very conducive to the overall understanding of Social Media in Emergency Situations and the specific mechanisms.
The issues and findings investigating the data collections helped to specify the further research activities under a unique threefold perspective. This was rounded of by the presentation ”Meeting the demons in user-centered design for situational awareness” concerning the psychophysiological reactions to social media (WP5). At the end of the first day Even Westvang joined the meeting online giving current thoughts on WP6: “Developing a system/tool to identify/evaluate trustworthy persons and data in user-generated social media information”.
On Saturday the meeting focused on handling of big social media data and ethics in social media research, e.g. Julian Ausserhofer gave a talk about handling Twitter data and methodological issues. Finally the topic blurred boundaries between journalism and PR and the relevance for the RESCUE research was discussed before the meeting was successfully concluded with thoughts about the next goals and publications.