Posts By Sara Estes Cohen

Random Data – What Percent of the U.S. is the Population of Each FEMA Region?

Ok Ok…I know…who plays with data for fun? Well, I did…and pulled this little tid bit together and thought I’d share in case anyone was interested. I was interested in figuring out what percentage of the total U.S. population each FEMA Region represented…just something I think about… After pulling 2010 Census Data from –Read… Read more »

Notes from the Microsoft Mobile Citizen Summit: All Sessions

These are draft notes – please excuse typos. Plenary Dan Kasun, Microsoft Public Sector Key Points: Leveraging technology to make government better and more efficient is to advance ideals of freedom and democracy Time has never been better for mobile computing – we have reached a state in the business where the network is almostRead… Read more »

Making Sense of Twitter – the Uber Hashtag

Originally posted at 2011 February 17 tags: #crisisdata, #hashtag, #hsem, #informationsharing, #twitter, SMEM by Sara Estes Cohen I was recently inspired after reading a tweet posted by Hal Grieb, who shared a link to an article on how to communicate a snow event. To ensure the tweet was seen by all potentially interested parties,Read… Read more »

Goals and Objectives for the #SMEM Initiative – Request for Input

I’ve just added a section to the wiki to identify SMEM goals and objectives – what we would like to achieve by IAEM 2011 (and beyond) – so we are able to then work backwards to develop a clear plan of action and collaborate across all initiatives, presentations, meetings, conferences, etc. Consider what weRead… Read more »

Social Media as a Sensor – Leveraging Crowdsourced Data for Early Warning and Response

Originally posted at 2011 January 24 By Sara Estes CohenCo-authored by Bill Hyjek A recent story published on discussed the findings of group of researchers at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing who developed a method for predicting changes in the Dow Jones Industrial Average through the analysis of Twitter updates.Read… Read more »

Privacy and Security Implications of Geo-Location Social Media Tools

Originally posted at Privacy and Security Implications of Geo-Location Social Media Tools 2010 November 12 tags: Facebook, fbplaces, Foursquare, geolocation, geotagging, internet privacy, internet security, privacy, security, Social Media by Sara Cohen Geo-location applications and technologies are quickly becoming the latest phenomenon in social media and information-sharing, due to the ease and speed withRead… Read more »

National VOAD and Potential Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Disaster Assistance EMPOWER Webinar

EMPOWER Invites You to Attend a Free Webinar Tuesday, July 27, 2010 – 12:00 Noon EST “National VOAD and Potential Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Disaster Assistance” The Emergency Management Professional Organization for Women in Emergency Management (EMPOWER) invites you to a one hour, interactive Webinar on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, beginningRead… Read more »

Part 2: Hybrid 2.0 – Leveraging Citizen Engagement for Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

In my previous blog post, Hybrid 2.0 – How to leverage social media for emergency management and response, I discussed two existing models for the use of social media in open government: 1. For use in public communication and collaboration: communication among citizens and with the public, leveraged by government agencies and non-profit organizations likeRead… Read more »

Real Live Misinformation In Action (Oil Spill Rumors)

I received a link to a youtube video today entitled “Kid with oil stuck on her! Destin Beach, FL.” As I watched the video, I sat in total surprise and horror as the videographer walked down the beach covered in bits of oil washing ashore while others sat and played on a normal summerRead… Read more »

Hybrid 2.0? How to leverage social media for emergency management and response.

For the past three years, I’ve been working in emergency management and social media. As I’ve been focused on leveraging social media tools and technology for use in emergency management and response, the world of Gov 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 has grown up all around me. Transparency and accountability are now synonymous with government activityRead… Read more »