BigDataFr recommends: Using Big Data In A Crisis: Nepal Earthquake
« As I write this, hundreds of emergency services, charities, disaster relief agencies and volunteers are doing their best to help people affected by the terrible Nepalese earthquake which struck during the weekend. And Big Data is playing its part, too – with crowdsourced, data-driven efforts to connect people outside the country with their missing loved ones, and assist in getting aid to where it is needed.
Big Data is the name given to our ever-increasing ability to collect more data from a multitude of sources, and analyze it for insights using advanced computer algorithms. Patterns humans can’t see provide a better understanding of situations and solutions to problems. Disasters are big, messy and noisy situations, and exactly the sort of conditions in which Big Data can help to make sense of the chaos. The massive amounts of data that we are generating with mobile phones, satellites and social media can all play a part in providing clues to the best way to respond to a situation. »
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By Bernard Marr