Trinity researchers lead €3m EU social media project

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28 April 2014 | 0

Trinity College Dublin is leading a consortium of 10 partners to develop a a social media information system for use in a variety of emergency situations.

Project Slandail, a three-year project, will receive almost €3 million in funding from the European Union’s Framework Programme 7 under its Security Research Programme.

Project Slandail – Security System for language and image analysis – is a collaboration of emergency operatives, academics, ethics and security-oriented NGOs and four small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Italy, Ireland, Germany and the UK.

The project seeks to design and develop ethical and intelligent information gathering and processing systems for providing information about emergency situations to public services such as the Fire Brigade or An Garda Siochana.

Warnings about major impending disasters and the efforts to recover from them involve the use of textual, visual and audio information – all of which are shared in real time across platforms such as Twitter, TwitPic, Flickr, YouTube and Facebook. Project Slandail aims to filter the massive amount of information shared on them and turn it into reliable information that can be acted upon.

Prof Bryan Scotney, an image processing and security expert at the University of Ulster, and a Slándáil partner, said: “Processing such social media can transform the way that emergency situations are managed, enabling citizens in general to play a central role, and adding speed and agility to emergency response infrastructures.”

Project Slandail’s partners include the Dublin-based Centre for Irish and European Security, An Garda Siochána, Landeskommando Leipzig, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, together with system houses dealing with social media and with emergency management.

The user partners and technical experts will work with the university partners at Trinity, Leipzig, Ulster and Padova.

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