RESCUE research on social media use in emergencies

Closer to the (Cutting) Edge: workshop in Berlin

by evagold

On the 28th and 29th of April 2016, the project partners got together for our regular consortial meeting in Berlin for a stimulating workshop with good discussions and very promising work in terms of the case studies and the development of the tool.

Not only case study updates and challenges including strategies for completing the activities were presented and thematised, also insights concerning the development of the tool were brought to us. Prototype developer Jørn from Bengler joint us, introducing the prototype. We are really looking forward to further development of the tool by him and Bengler elaborating on the work with WP 6.

On the way to developing a prototype input from the different cases, as well as collaboration with Klas and the Åbo akademi team was essential. In Berlin, Klas updated the group with results on the usability tests from the lab to gain a better understanding of the process and the needs related to the tool.

The workshop ended with a rich discussion and peer-feedback session of the multiple research papers in progress. Last but not least we received good news before leaving Berlin: our ECREA (6th European Communication Conference) panel has been accepted.

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Meeting Oslo

RESCUE meeting in Oslo

by evagold

The last consortium meeting took place in Oslo at the 16th and 17th of October 2015. Fortunately, members of the advisory board also found time to join essential parts of the discussion (either face-to-face or online).

The first day started with a case study presentation with our advisory board. We explained to them what have we achieved so far in the different cases and what updates (e.g. the flu pandemic case moved on to Ebola) were added. Furthermore, the tool development – especially the application of a usability approach – was presented to the advisory board. The focus on the understanding of users’ key goals led to fruitful feedback and discussion about work flows, which social media platforms to include, existing tools and the media business, as well as the needs of different actors.

After updates on the status of the partners’ unique research within the RESCUE team​ Anna Grøndahl Larsen presented her PhD project concerning risk reporting in a digital age to round off the first day.

On Saturday, the RESCUE team set the stage for further tool development and the usability tests. In addition, methodologies and practicalities concerning the processing of tweets were discussed. Finally, we considered and developed our paper plans for conference presentations.

 

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