Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India

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Primary Target Country
Publishing Organisation Vibhas Sukhwani & RajibShaw
Language English
Year Published 2020
Target Audience Businesses, Researchers
Status Published
Disaster Management Phase After
Covers Thematic Crowdsourcing, Technologies
Audience Experience Level Advanced, Intermediate
Source Website https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590061719300523
Abstract
  • 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.
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Analysis of 33 freely available disaster-related, crowdsourced-based mobile apps in India from the perspective of the users. As a result, the paper includes specific suggestions for enhancing community outreach, ensuring user-friendly interface and promoting Global Positioning System ‘GPS’ based apps.