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New UiB-course on Big Data with applications to Emergency Management

The University of Bergen (Norway) is preparing a new "BDEM Master's" course on Big Data for Emergency Management, which will run for the first time in the autumn on 2018. The course aims to provide the theoretical and technical foundations for managing and rapidly leveraging big data sets for emergency management. It covers general theories and technologies for big data, including sourcing, curation, processing, use, and evaluation, with particular focus on using big data for emergency management.

Harvesting emergency-related data in the Bergen area

At the University of Bergen, information science students Marius Falch Lillevik and Eirik Sjøvoll, are harvesting emergency-related open information in the Bergen region, supervised by professors Andreas L Opdahl and Bjrønar Tessem. The aim is to incrementally build a big-data infrastructure that continuously harvests, cleans, and integrates emergency-related data. There is a wide range of open sources available, including mobility-related and weather information. The research group hopes that the infrastructure can be useful for both teaching of and research on big data for emergency management: both on basic big-data management and analytics, and on practical emergency-management applications.