The Local Connection

Platform that helps organisations work with online (social) media content in their water and development projects. People share. We listen.

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The Local Perspective

Water disasters are widespread, and they always involve people: People who share their observations and opinions online. Large flood disasters are usually covered by tens of thousands of observations per hour. A possible overflow of a reservoir can be noted by only a handful of watchful citizens. FloodTags analyses this data - from Twitter, Instagram, Blogs, SMS, Online news media and more - for any water challenge that water and disaster managers face: From floods to droughts, from drinking water to water conflicts, from water-borne diseases to reservoir management. Among our clients: Worldbank, United Nations and the Red Cross. Read more about our work.

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Collect, Analyse and Share

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During water crises, citizens share thousands of messages online, describing the situation and the way they are coping with it. FloodTags listens.

Our Mission

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In an open innovation model, FloodTags and its academic partners develop and improve algorithms to filter and enrich the data for specific applications.

Develop with Us

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Clients get a full overview of the situation on-the-ground, by connecting to FloodTags' online data service from within their existing information systems.

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Join our Research and Development Network

 
 

FloodTags has a partner network of top universities and institutions, with whom we improve our scripts for a wide range of use cases. If you are a university or knowledge institute, anywhere in the world, working on water problems and online data: Contact us and get access to the API and Software Development Kit.

 
 

Deltares

Radboud University Nijmegen

VU University Amsterdam

UNPAD Indonesia

FloodTags in the News

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Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives

BY MEGAN ROWLING

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid, Dutch researchers said.

When a crisis strikes, people increasingly find out about it from social media, as individuals and groups take to the internet to spread the word.

After the Indonesian capital Jakarta was hit by floods this February, related tweets peaked at almost 900 a minute, with a significant number including information about location and water depth, according to a joint study by two Dutch organizations, Deltares and Floodtags. Read more

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About us

FloodTags is a social enterprise with head office in The Hague, The Netherlands. Together with a large number of researchers from top universities and institutes, we develop and implement data analysis scripts for water management.

We believe that citizens and communities are key resources in the solution of many water management problems. As we are growing, we find that our work is now supporting many different aspects of water management. Citizens are being listened to and decision makers can take effective and supported action.

Follow us on Twitter @FloodTags for the latest news.