Spiro et al. Win Best Student Paper Award

Emma Spiro, along with coauthors Christopher DuBois and Carter Butts, won the Best Student Paper Award at the recent Workshop on Social Network and Social Media Analysis: Methods, Models and Applications at the 26th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2012) held on December 8, 2012 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  The paper Waiting for a Retweet: Modeling Waiting Times in Information Propagation looks at variability in the waiting times between Twitter messages and retweets based on social, content, and contextual factors.

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Butts Speaks at National Academy of Sciences Conference

NCASD Lab PI Carter Butts was an invited speaker at the US/Japan Frontiers of Science Conference, jointly supported by the Kavli Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.  The Frontiers of Science Conference brings together young scientists from across the disciplines who are working on topics at the forefront of scientific progress.  Butts’s talk on “The Aftermath of Disasters” reviewed the current state of knowledge regarding the social processes that occur during and immediately following emergencies and disasters, including research on emergent networks and informal communication conducted by the HEROIC Project.  HEROIC and the NCASD Lab team are pleased to have had the opportunity to share our findings with the broader scientific community.

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New HEROIC Research Highlight – Superstorm Sandy

In recent work, the HEROIC team performed an exploratory analysis of online conversation surrounding Superstorm Sandy. The team looked at Twitter posts by the general public as well as official government emergency management organizations and other targeted accounts of interest.

A few of the lessons learned from this research include:

  • Twitter functions as a tool for risk communication, with heightened communication during the most critical points of a crisis event.
  • Consistent with previous research, few organizations have directed communications with followers, but instead use Twitter as a sort of redundant, broadcast mechanism.
  • There is evidence that patterns for content posting are emerging, as organizations include hashtags and links as part of their routine communication activities in disaster.

See the online research highlight for more information:

Spiro, E., Sutton, J., Johnson, B., Fitzhugh, S. and Butts, C. (2012). “Superstorm Sandy: Looking at the Twitter Response.” Online Research Highlight. http://heroicproject.org

 

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Spiro to Present at NIPS Workshop

Project member Spiro will present preliminary work exploring differences in retweet waiting times between hazard and non-hazard tweets at the Workshop on Social Network and Social Media Analysis: Methods, Models and Applications held in conjunction with Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NIPS 2012) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada next week.

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PI Sutton Presents at CSEPP Meeting

HEROIC Pi Jeannette Sutton presented “Online Informal Communications during the Waldo Canyon Fire: Colorado Springs, CO 2012″ at the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program Public Affairs Meeting, held on October 24, 2012 at the Colorado State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office.  This presentation focused on official communications directed to the public via Twitter during the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, and the public response of retweeting.

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HEROIC Online Research Highlight

In recent work, the HEROIC team performed an exploratory analysis of online conversation surrounding the Waldo Canyon fire which started on June 23, 2012, three miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team looked at Twitter posts by the general public as well as official government emergency management organizations.

A few of the lessons learned from this research include:

  • When an event occurs local organization gain large numbers of followers.
  • Establishing a social media strategy pre-event is important. Organizations should not judge attention demand for social media during non-event periods.
  • Original content tends to be produced by local organizations, while retweeted content tends to come from non-locals

See the online research highlight for more information:

Spiro, E., Sutton, J., Johnson, B., Fitzhugh, S., and Butts, C. (2012). “HEROIC Team Explores Waldo Canyon Wildfire in Colorado.” Online Research Highlight. http://heroicproject.org

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HEROIC PI Sutton Gives Keynote at AMS Meeting

HEROIC PI Jeannette Sutton was a keynote speaker at the American Meteorological Society, Summer Community Meeting on August 15, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma. She presented “Changing channels: Online Informal Communications, Disaster Warnings, and Public Response” and discussed findings from Project HEROIC research, specifically related to official communication online, citing recent analyses from the Waldo Canyon Fire. Meeting attendees consisted of practitioners, policy makers, academics, and private sector weather technologists. This day-long meeting was dedicated to the discussion of social media use for weather related events. Sutton’s presentation offered an empirical overview of social science knowledge on the uses of social media channels for communication in disaster events.

For more information on the meeting see the agenda.

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Project Member Spiro to Present HEROIC Research

Project member Emma Spiro will present “Diffusion of Innovation Among Government Organizations: Asymmetric Effects of Organizational Lineage on Social Media Adoption” at the Fifth Joint Japan-North America Mathematical Sociology Conference to be held August6 16, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

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HEROIC Project in the News

HEROIC PI Jeannette Sutton was mentioned in a article on the recent wildfires near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sutton presented preliminary analysis of the online response to the wildfire at the Natural Hazards Workshop. Sutton talked about the increase in followers of official sources of information during the event. In addition Sutton presented visuals of the online conversation created by HEROIC member Spiro.

See the article here.

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HEROIC Project at Natural Hazards Workshop

HEROIC PIs Jeannette Sutton and Carter Butts will present research findings at the Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado July 14-17, 2012. Sutton and Butts will present a poster highlighting HEROIC research activities. Sutton will also present on a panel specific to the recent Waldo Canyon Wildfire outside Colorado Springs. The fire is the is the most destructive in Colorado history, with 346 homes lost. Sutton will present preliminary findings about the online response and communication activities on Twitter.

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