Understanding the impact of volunteered geographic information during the Queensland floods

McDougall, Kevin (2011) Understanding the impact of volunteered geographic information during the Queensland floods. In: ISDE 7: 7th International Symposium on Digital Earth, 23-25 Aug 2011, Perth, Australia.

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In Australia, and the State of Queensland in particular, the recent flood events and tropical cyclones events have dramatically impacted on people’s lives and damage in excess of 5 billion dollars has been reported across the state. As the varying flood events unfolded social media and crowd sourced geographic information played an important role in keeping people informed, especially as official channels of communication began to fail or were placed under extreme load. The government’s management of the Queensland floods and especially the role of the community in their assistance were widely applauded. Information and communication technologies played a critical role during the disaster and its management via the conventional communication channels such as radio, television and newspapers but also through third party social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. People who never signed up to Facebook and Twitter started doing so and the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) radio launched a link to crowd sourced reports on flooding. This paper will review the various forms of volunteered and shared information that occurred throughout the Queensland floods and their impacts. The potential of volunteered geographic information for post-disaster assessment through damage, planning and official flood lines will be examined.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 05:46
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2017 21:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial data; volunteered geographic information; social media; floods
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19867

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