DHS, Purdue Develop Social Media Analysis Tool to Monitor Crime

SocialMediaThe Department of Homeland Security and Purdue University researchers are collaborating with other federal, local and state agencies to develop visual analysis tools that use social media posts for crime analysis and disaster response monitoring, Fedscoop reported Thursday.

Dan Verton writes the ScatterBlogs tool is built to classify topics, detect anomalies and map post for officials to check the social media user’s profile and posting history.

“We have the ability to take Flickr, YouTube and Twitter feeds and from that create the ability to interactively explore and navigate the topics and anomalies that are occurring,” said David Ebert, project director at Purdue, according to the report.

Ebert added that first-responder agencies use the tool to monitor social media activity for disaster response efforts.

ScatterBlogs is being piloted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the report said.

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