Friday, October 26, 2012

Computing for Disasters: Saving Lives with Big Data

If the dazzling computing tools that are emerging to aid disaster response are to be fully effective, they must be integrated with the organizations and individuals who are involved in all stages of disaster management: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. That holds true whether the event is an epidemic, a riot, or a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or tsunami. This need for integration is giving rise to a new multi-disciplinary approach, computing for disasters, which brings researchers and practitioners together to devise improved methods for disaster response.

Search is a critical component of this approach, so those companies that can provide the tools that organizations, agencies, and governments need to mine big data have a major o pportunity in this space. In this webinar, they'll examine the opportunities for search and analysis in disaster recovery, along with issues such as the sources of big data and the ways the general population can both provide and consume data before, during, and after a disaster.

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