Tweet-friendly hashtag based syntax for better data extraction about the Haiti earthquake – LMS Digital Media

Project EPIC and collaborators are proposing a Tweet-friendly hashtag-based syntax to help direct Twitter communications for more efficient data extraction for those communicating about the Haiti earthquake disaster. Use only requires modifications of Tweet messages to make information pieces that refer to #location, #status, #needs, #damage and several other elements of emergency communications more machine parsable.

PLEASE HELP US PROPAGATE THIS TWITTER GRAMMAR ACROSS THE NET!

Read on for immediate simulated life examples, instructions for deployment, and the initial tag folksonomy for the Haiti disaster. We welcome assistance in language translation for on-the-ground use when that becomes possible, and international deployment.

Tweet Examples In Use:

EXAMPLE1: #haiti #imok #name John Doe #loc Mirebalais Shelter #status minor injuries

EXAMPLE2: #haiti #need #transport #loc Jacmel #num 10 #info medical volunteers looking for big boat to transport to PAP

EXAMPLE3: #haiti #need #translator #contact @pierrecote

EXAMPLE4: #haiti #ruok #name Camelia Siquineau #loc Hotel Montana

EXAMPLE5: #haiti #ruok #name Raymonde Lafrotune #loc Delmas 3, Rue Menelas #1

EXAMPLE6: #haiti #offering #volunteers #translators #loc Florida #contact @FranceGlobal

Mission/Instructions for a Two-Pronged Deployment:
1) Promote grammar through available digital communication channels to get immediate pick-up by people, including those who are affected, emergency personnel, and—perhaps most usefully for immediate use—volunteers

To this end, please send out prescriptive examples, such as these:
#haiti pls tweet in the format: #haiti #ruok #name [first last] #loc [location] #contact [@ or #]
#haiti pls tweet in the format: #haiti #imok #name [first last] #loc [location] #status [status] #contact [@ or #]
#haiti pls tweet in the format: #haiti #need #medical #loc [location] #num
#haiti pls tweet in the format: #haiti #offering #shelter #loc [address] #num [amount] #contact [@ or #]
#haiti pls use these 1st hashtags: #imok, #ruok, #offering, #need, #damage, #status
#haiti pls use these 2nd hashtags: #food #water #shelter #transport #volunteers #translators #fuel #information
#haiti pls use these data hashtags: #name [first last] #loc [address, intersection] #num [amount] #contact [@ or #]
#haiti pls use these end hashtags: #status [status info] #info [more information, comment]

2) Mobilize technically-oriented volunteers to develop applications to process and distribute information.
The information produced by the syntax will be available for anyone to search and process–no one single source is monitoring the tweets by prearrangement.

Volunteers can write programs, scripts, web apps to process this publicly available information into new information resources, possibly web applications or tweet feeds that re-distribute processed info. Please contact us to let us know what you know is happening, and we can help spread the word.

Tags

PRIMARY TAG
#need
#offering
#status
#imok
#ruok
#damage
#injured
#road
…..

SECONDARY TAG
Need/Offering Descriptor Tags
#food
#water
#fuel
#medical of #med
#shelter
#transport
#volunteers… can shorten to #vols
#translator
#financial or #money
#information or #info
#supplies [list specific supplies needed]
…..

Data tags
#name [name]
#loc [location]
#num [amount or capacity]
#contact [email, phone, link, other]
#photo [link to photo]
#source
#info [other information]

Overall order is not as important as tag-descriptor connection.

Prescriptive Examples:

#haiti #ruok #name [first last] #loc [location, address, or intersection] #contact [email or phone #]

#haiti #imok #name [first last] #loc [location, address, or intersection] #status [status] #contact [@ or #]

#haiti #need #medical #loc [location, address, or intersection] #status [status] #num [number or capacity]

#haiti #need #transport #loc [address] #num [amount] #contact [@ or #] #info [more description]

#haiti #need #volunteers #medical #loc [address] #num [amount] #contact [@ or #] #info [more description]

#haiti #need #transport #loc [address] #loc [address] #num [amount] #info [more description]

#haiti #offering #shelter #loc [address] #num [amount] #contact [@ or #]

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