Last year, I asked Govloop about the value proposition for open government data before the first International Open Government Data Conference. The discussion was so rich and helpful for informing my presentation that I’m back again to ask you, the community, for insight.
Next week, the Red Cross will be hosting a discussion of emergency social data in Tampa, Florida. I’m headed to south to sit on a panel that examines the past, present and future of social data, particularly in the context of emergency response or disaster relief. For context, read the report on the first Red Cross emergency social data summit, which highlighted the role of social media during crises.
Research from the Red Cross, embedded below, shows that Web users increasingly rely on social media to seek help in a disaster. “As social media becomes more a part of our daily lives, people are turning to it during emergencies as well,” said FEMA Adminstrator Fugate. “We need to utilize these tools, to the best of our abilities, to engage and inform the public, because no matter how much federal, state and local officials do, we will only be successful if the public is brought in as part of the team.”
Questions for the Govloop Community
Here’s where you all come in. I’ve been researching and writing about this issue for some time now but your input would be valuable.
What are some of the best practices in using emergency social data? Who is doing it well?
Where do you see the future of social data moving?
Do you ever see a time when there will be a national system for monitoring and responding to social data? Should there be that kind of system?
What will it take for our emergency response community to get to a more coordinated system?
Are emergency response agencies taking this issue seriously?
I look forward to your thoughts.