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The Slándáil project presented as part of the 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), on 27 May 2015 in Kristiansand, Norway. The project was represented by Professor Khurshid Ahmad, project coordinator.
Professor Ahmad spoke about three unique aspects of Slandail Project: First, to collect and analyse texts and images, available on the social media, to maximise the amount of information during a disaster both to disaster managers and the public at large – current emergency management systems rely on analysing texts only; Second, to increase the level of trust between the managers and the public during a disaster by articulating the available information in a manner that shows empathy as well as leadership. And, third, to practically involve the Slandail end-users, software developers, and ethics and legal experts, in the specification and design of the Slandail system; end users usually form a loose association with projects like Slandail.
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The role of the End User partners in the project, and the diversity of having end users speaking three languages, in four countries, was discussed. Further to this, the importance of the ethical and factual provenance of data, and providing for this within the technical system, was highlighted as a major goal for the project. Finally, the role of trust in the project was developed in more detail, and the importance of trust as a factor in both disaster management and technological management was highlighted.
The slides from Prof. Ahmad’s presentation are available below.
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