The COSMIC project


The COSMIC project (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis management) aims to assist first responders in using new ICT applications. COSMIC is a two-year project that is funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7-SEC-2012 under grant agreement no. 312737. COSMIC will deliver a set of recommendations and best practices related to the exploitation of social media in emergency situations. This will be completed by addressing and analysing the roles of major stakeholders associated with crisis management and by reviewing their communication needs, infrastructure bottlenecks and security priorities during disasters. As part of its work, COSMIC has recently released a briefing paper on the “Use of new media in crisis situations”. This briefing paper provides an overview of the key findings from the completion of three reports relating to the use of new media in crisis situations, including an examination of existing information communication technologies (ICTs) and new media applications that being used for crisis management purposes. An exploration of the use of ICTs and new media applications in eight scenario case studies involving different types of crisis in Europe and Internationally, and a report on the adverse use and reliability of new media.


Watson, H., The International Emergent Management Society Newsletter, Issue 20, p. 28, March 2014.

Date Published

March 29, 2014

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