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Shannon Daly, & James A. Thom. (2016). Mining and Classifying Image Posts on Social Media to Analyse Fires. In A. Tapia, P. Antunes, V.A. Bañuls, K. Moore, & J. Porto (Eds.), ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings ? 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Abstract: We propose a methodology to study the occurrence of fires through image posts on Flickr; crowd-sourcing information from a noisy social media dataset can estimate the presence of fires. We collect several years worth of photos and associated metadata using fire-related search terms. We use an image classification model to detect geotagged photos that are further analysed to determine if a fire event did occur at a particular time and place. Furthermore, a case study investigates image features and spatio-temporal elements in the metadata, as well as location information contained in camera EXIF data.