From LINKS Community Center
Publishing Organisation:Vibhas Sukhwani & RajibShaw
Audience experience level
Disaster Management Phase
Highlights of this scientific paper (not a guideline)
- Assessed the current state of 33 freely available disaster-related mobile apps in India.
- Most of the disaster-related mobile apps are found to be primarily educational apps.
- The outreach of current disaster-related apps in India is found to be highly limited.
- Specific suggestions for enhancing community outreach are discussed.
- Key challenges for operationalizing app-based crowdsourcing are also discussed.
- The lack of real-time data on emergent disasters often restrains the decision maker's ability to counter its impacts, especially in developing countries like India.
- In this regard, the idea of leveraging mobile applications ‘apps’ for crowdsourcing disaster-related information has recently gained high prominence.
- To operationalize app-based crowdsourcing, this paper methodically investigates the current state of 33 freely-accessible disaster-related mobile apps in India.
- The study finds that majority of these apps are primarily educational, and their overall outreach is highly limited.
- It concludes with specific suggestions for enhancing community outreach, ensuring user-friendly interface and promoting Global Positioning System ‘GPS’ based apps.