COMRADES is creating an open‐source, community resilience platform, designed by communities, for communities, to help them reconnect, respond to, and recover from crisis situations.

In other words, COMRADES is researching how technologies can help communities to be more resistant to crisis situations and by providing a way to optimally share information enable them to proceed with needed help action in due time.

The aim of COMRADES is to build a next generation platform to:

  • Quickly filter the citizen reports as they arrive from social media and mobile texts
  • Remove uninformative and irrelevant ones 
  • Point out unreliable sources
  • Pick up, and alert to several lone messages requesting urgent help during a crisis
  • Extract, group, and monitor unfolding emergency micro-events.
 

On 13-14 of January Comrades project partners (iHub, University of Sheffield, University of Aigder, Gov2U) gathered in a kick-off meeting in London, which was hold by the project coordinator The Open University. The consortium shared a great vibe and the excitement about the challenge of Comrades – to build a platform that would in automated way help people access necessary information to survive disasters and manage crisis situations.

The project partners shared their experiences and insights towards the main project goal: how to empower communities with intelligent socio-technical solutions to help them reconnect, respond to, and recover from crisis situations, in other words become resilient.

The main question lays in how to connect all resources and participants of disaster when it happens through one digital infrastructure that would generate high-time help result to actors actively involved in crisis management – citizens (reporters), humanitarian groups (responders) and activists.

In the coming months the project partners will work on the strategies on the engagement with specific crisis related communities, identify the socio-technical requirements for collective resilience platform, research data sets to be in use in social media and wider internet, and measure the validity of such crisis information.

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