Democratizing Mobile App Development for Disaster Management →

The first papers pop up that make use of our Humanitarian eXchange Language (HXL). This one, presented at Semantic Cities 2013 workshop, is by a group at MIT. Here’s the abstract:

Smartphones are being used for a wide range of activities including messaging, social networking, calendar and contact management as well as location and context-aware applications. The ubiquity of handheld computing technology has been found to be especially useful in disaster management and relief operations [Fajardo and Oppus, 2010]. Our focus is to enable developers to quickly deploy applications that take advantage of key sources that are fundamental for today’s networked citizens, including Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, current news releases, and government data. These ap- plications will also have the capability of empow- ering citizens involved in crisis situations to contribute via crowdsourcing, and to communicate up-to-date information to others. We will leverage several technologies to develop this application framework, namely (i) Linked Data principles for structured data, (ii) existing data sources and ontologies for disaster management, and (iii) App Inventor, which is a mobile application development framework for non-programmers. In this paper, we describe our motivating use cases, our architecture, and our prototype implementation.

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