Operationalizing crowdsourcing through mobile applications for disaster management in India

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Publishing Organisation:
Vibhas Sukhwani & RajibShaw
Covers Thematic
  • Crowdsourcing Describes a distributed problem-solving model where the task of solving a challenge or developing an idea get “outsourced” to a crowd. It implies tapping into “the wisdom of the crowd”.</br></br>Source:DRS Glossary v2.0 LINKS 181220.xlsx
  • Target audience
  • Businesses companies, local business networks, solution providers, suppliers of goods and services
  • Researchers research institutions and scientific communities
  • Audience experience level
  • Advanced Those who currently use social media to communicate with the public during all phases of an emergency and have developed a clear social media strategy, even if this is not thoroughly documented or communicated across the organisation</br></br>Source: https://www.fp7-emergent.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/20170529_D7.3_Guidelines_to_increase_the_benefit_of_social_media_EmerGent.pdf
  • 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.

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