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Welcome to the LINKS Community Center. If you have no idea what LINKS or a Community Center is, please take a moment to read the following paragraphs.

What is LINKS?

LINKS “Strengthening links between technologies and society for European disaster resilience” is a comprehensive study on disaster governance in Europe. The overall aim of the LINKS project is to strengthen links between technologies and society for improved European disaster resilience, by producing sustainable advanced learning on the use of social media and crowdsourcing (SMCS) in disasters.

In order to reach the core objectives of LINKS, the partners follow an integrative research approach, starting from an assessment of the three complementary knowledge domains: Disaster Risk Perception and Vulnerability, Disaster Management Processes, Disaster Community Technologies (DCT).

The project will develop the LINKS Framework which consists of scientific methods, practical tools, and guidelines addressing researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to understand, measure and govern SMCS for disasters. It will be developed and evaluated through five practitioner-driven European cases in Denmark, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, representing different disaster scenarios. Furthermore, LINKS sets out to create the LINKS Community, which brings together a wide variety of stakeholders, both online (LINKS Community Center) and in person (LINKS Community Workshops).

What is the LINKS Community Center?

A key objective of the LINKS project is to build a sustainable, multidisciplinary, stakeholder community consisting of different actors from different countries, professions and schools of thought but all interested in the field of social media and crowdsourcing (SMCS) in disasters. An important tool for this community is the LINKS Community Center (LCC) as it will be the technical foundation for the online community.

The LCC brings together the different stakeholders of the LINKS Community in one user-friendly and flexible web-based platform and enables them to exchange knowledge and experiences and to access, discuss and assess knowledge on the usage of SMCS in disasters. The knowledge is included in the LINKS Framework and presented in the LCC as standalone knowledge and learning materials (e.g. methods, ready-implementable tools and easily applicable guidelines to achieve a more effective use of SMCS in disasters) and learning paths. The evaluation and practical application of the LINKS Framework will be enabled by supporting the LINKS case-based assessments of the Framework. The LCC therefore plays an important role in creating and fostering a lively community around the LINKS project and the project’s results. Furthermore, the LCC strives to be a valuable tool for establishing and sustaining the LINKS Community beyond the duration of the LINKS project.

How can I use the LINKS Community Center?

The homepage presents a brief overview of all the content available in the LINKS Community Center. You can use this page to start exploring the LINKS Community Center and find interesting and relevant content. If you need any help, please ask on our forum!

This page will be extended in the future with more specific guidance on how to find interesting and relevant content and how to access it.