ACT: Australian Crisis Tracker - overview
The Australian Crisis Tracker is a solution developed by IBM Research to help community members, agencies and volunteers come together and disseminate information during major incidents such as widespread bushfires or floods.
Social Media such as Twitter provides a potential wealth of information during Emergency Situations. The challenge is to be able to rapidly identify relevant information that enhances situational awareness and to separate out spam, confusion, as well as intentional or unintentional misinformation.
Australia Crisis Tracker visualizes information from tweets related to natural disasters. The tweets are automatically categorized by type of event (e.g. fire, flood, storm) and then into related clusters. When possible, events are geo-coded and displayed on a map.
The team is continually innovating the solution, incorporating dynamic visualisations, machine learning, and improved clustering techniques.