The proliferation of social media platforms together with the wide adoption of smartphone devices has transformed how we communicate and share news. During large-scale emergencies, such as natural disasters or armed attacks, victims, responders, and volunteers increasingly use social media to post situation updates and to request and offer help. There are a number of challenges associated with near-real-time processing of vast volumes of information in a way that makes sense for people directly affected, for volunteer organizations, and for official emergency response agencies. As massive amount of relevant data are accumulated, there is a growing need for developing advanced techniques to harness this large-scale data to gain an understanding of the "big picture" of an emergency, and to detect and predict how a disaster could develop.

The Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM) international workshop series, now in its fifth edition, is a key venue for computer scientists, government officials, emergency agencies, and other interested participants to discuss technical issues and research challenges in the understanding of digitally-mediated, social and technical systems during mass emergencies. The workshop theme for this year is "Collective Sensing, Trust, and Resilience in Global Crises," through which we aim to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion on a range of emergent challenges facing the world, from harnessing big data on the Web that facilitates disaster and risk management, to engaging citizen participation in disaster response, establishing trust in global and local communities, designing socio-technical systems, and building resilience to disasters through Internet of Things and ubiquitous intelligence. 
Important Dates
Submission deadline: December 1st 8th, 2017
Acceptance notification: December 28th, 2017
Workshop date: February 9th, 2018 in 
Los Angeles, CA, USA.

The 5th International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM'18) will be co-located with WSDM 2018.

Co-located with:
www.wsdm-conference.org/2018/