The Disaster 2.0 team recently hosted the second Masterclass at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium to discuss the role of social media and web technologies in providing information during disasters. Disaster 2.0 is a two-year project exploring how EU governments currently and can potentially use web 2.0 applications and semantic technologies in disaster response. This interesting news was brought to our attention by in their article titled, “Disaster information: the use of social media and semantic technologies.”

This two-day event included emergency management experts and researchers from across Europe. Presenters shared experiences on using social media and other technologies during disaster situations. The class addressed the positive impact that social media can have in communicating during a disaster situation, as well as the challenges. One example mentioned was the variety of efforts during the Japan earthquake, which had a mix of positive results and opportunities to learn.

Melody K. Smith

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