On 29 May 2020, amid the Covid-19 crisis, the E-CITIJENS Consortium met online to discuss how the project could help face the pandemic and possible future crises of the same kind.

The E-CITIJENS Partners discussed how to include health risks in the EDSS Platform, an ICT infrastructure that collects emergency data from social media and from institutional sources in order to support the decision-making during crises. Together with floods, forest fires and earthquakes, a health-related risk taxonomy will hence be included in the semantics of the EDSS platform as extracted from social media messages and institutional sources.

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how critical the link between social media and collaborative technologies is. Using social media, citizens can provide Civil Protection with timely, geographic-based information. This information can be used by decision-makers to better prepare for emergency management, response planning as well as field resources deployment. In turn, Civil Protection gets to monitor public interaction while providing updated and accurate information to citizens.

The new undertaking will also be reflected in the external communication through the project’s social media profiles and website as well as through an ad hoc Awareness Raising Campaign that the Consortium will implement shortly.

Agenda of the meeting: E_Citijens_WEB MEETING_29.5.2020_agenda

Screenshot of the online meeting