North East India Floods Monitoring, 2014

Twitris, NSF SOCS research team is supporting floods relief initiatives by, @InCrisisRelief (earlier, @jkfloodrelief)


The independent initiative involves aggregating public information on the Web and Social Media by the online volunteers in collaboration with reliable on-ground local efforts of voluntary organizations. Our goal is to support update on priority needs for relief, donation collection centers, and donation transportation logistics for public awareness on what to help via donations, where and how, and therefore, avoid mismatching of what is needed vs. what is offered. Voluntary and local organizations have been instrumental in setup for updating on the priorities, donation collection centers, preparing kits for shipments, receiving, and our collaboration is to support their commendable local efforts.
@InCrisisRelief (earlier @JKFloodRelief) team of digital volunteers is collaborating with local efforts to assist their relief work. Our team has core members (alphabetical: @hemant_pt, @ivak99, @parrysingh, @Raheelk, @silverlightgal, @surendranb, @tw_bhav, @_vidyakrishnan), supporting coordinators (@vmoorthynow, @harsh_sync, @Delhirious and @annaverve) and stellar volunteer team. In the prior JKFloodRelief work, a collaborative support from IndiGo Airlines for shipping all over India, as well as several voluntary organizations, Goonj, Sajid Iqbal Foundation, Uday foundation, Twitter India, Kno.e.sis Center, Google India, Cipla, DeVil On Wheels, Biocon, and Emami, etc. helped the initiative grow and achieve efficient relief deliverable. We are expanding to support local on-ground efforts more effectively. We are coordinating over group chats, twitter, mails, google groups, and task management systems.

  • Sept 30, 2014. Knoesis team continued help on backend of our volunteer coordination at (earlier, and put up a Actionable Social Stream & Map on Twitris-v2 to help our volunteers track two important priorities: Need-to-rescue vs. Rescued/Evacuated, first for redirecting #sos requests to rescue operations, second for creating evacuation zones list. Twitris Influencer Analysis also kept in action for reaching out to both the callers of help, and to spread out information quickly. Currently Twitris-dev team with our other collaborator Google Crisis Response, is working on extraction of locations mentioned in the text to quickly locate requests for help, and evacuations.