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Full Title: DIMPLE: DIsaster Management and Principled Large-scale Extraction

      
Short Title: DIMPLE
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Start Date: 31-May-2014 - 31-May-2014
Contact: Khurshid Ahmad
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: DIMPLE is a half-day workshop involving experts in civil protection, in information extraction, and in ethics and societal matters, to discuss the role of digital media in disaster management and emergency relief and logistics (DMEL). The use of social media and of formal media, has been instrumental in disaster monitoring and management during hurricanes in the United States of America recently and during the SARS emergency to a lesser extent. Systems that have been reported almost exclusively rely on textual information but there has been increasing use of images/videos in DMEL. There is an increasing debate on the ethical and broader societal impact, of the use of social media in situations as intrusive as disaster and emergency relief.

This workshop will have three plenary lectures: on information extraction, on civil protection using social media, and the societal impact of the use of digital media comprising information about people, places and events. The topics include ontology and terminology of disasters and disaster relief; capture and real time analysis of textual and visual information from social media and formal media in a multilingual and multicultural environment; 'Big Data' narratives of disaster management; ethical and societal issues in mass surveillance; civil protection and social media.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the intrinsic connection between civil protection, information gathering and analysis, and societal impact. The mediation of these connections through the agency of language will be the central theme of the workshop. The workshop will explore how this mediation can be situated in the context of broader societal impact especially the impact of the value system of one stakeholder on others.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.74

This is a session of the following meeting:
Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

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