As social media and messaging apps continue to become important communication tools in people’s everyday lives, they have also come to play important roles in how people prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters. For example, Facebook’s Safety Check and Community Help features make it easier for people impacted by a disaster to let loved ones know when they are safe, and request and offer help with neighbors, and Facebook’s Disaster Maps provide insights into evacuations and connectivity issues to humanitarian organizations responding to a crisis.
Facebook is supporting new and innovative research in the area of crisis informatics to make social media tools more useful to people responding to or impacted by a disaster. The research should explain how social media is currently used during a disaster, and it will unlock new tools and products to improve disaster response and recovery. No Facebook data will be provided to award recipients.
Representatives from each awarded project will be invited to a workshop with other participants in January 2019 to share preliminary results, and are expected to attend an evaluation meeting in May 2019. Travel costs to Menlo Park CA, USA should be included in the proposed budget. Award recipients will be listed on the Facebook Research website and will be encouraged to openly publish any findings from their work as well as make any code available as open source.
Three $50,000 USD gifts will be awarded.