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Author (up) Valerio Lorini; Javier Rando; Diego Saez-Trumper; Carlos Castillo
Title Uneven Coverage of Natural Disasters in Wikipedia: The Case of Floods Type Conference Article
Year 2020 Publication ISCRAM 2020 Conference Proceedings – 17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Abbreviated Journal Iscram 2020
Volume Issue Pages 688-703
Keywords Social Media, News Values, Wikipedia, Natural Disasters, Floods.
Abstract The usage of non-authoritative data for disaster management provides timely information that might not be available through other means. Wikipedia, a collaboratively-produced encyclopedia, includes in-depth information about many natural disasters, and its editors are particularly good at adding information in real-time as a crisis unfolds. In this study, we focus on the most comprehensive version of Wikipedia, the English one. Wikipedia offers good coverage of disasters, particularly those having a large number of fatalities. However, by performing automatic content analysis at a global scale, we also show how the coverage of floods in Wikipedia is skewed towards rich, English-speaking countries, in particular the US and Canada. We also note how coverage of floods in countries with the lowest income is substantially lower than the coverage of floods in middle-income countries. These results have implications for analysts and systems using Wikipedia as an information source about disasters.
Address European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; Wikimedia Foundation; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Corporate Author Thesis
Publisher Virginia Tech Place of Publication Blacksburg, VA (USA) Editor Amanda Hughes; Fiona McNeill; Christopher W. Zobel
Language English Summary Language English Original Title
Series Editor Series Title Abbreviated Series Title
Series Volume Series Issue Edition
ISSN 978-1-949373-27-63 ISBN 2411-3449 Medium
Track Social Media for Disaster Response and Resilie Expedition Conference 17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Notes valerio.lorini@ec.europa.eu Approved no
Call Number Serial 2264
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