GeoTag-X is a research project run by Citizen Cyberlab—a European Union Information and Communication Technologies project—that will assess whether citizen scientists can be taught to recognize the important information in a photo and create relevant, structured datasets that can be used by those working on the ground during a disaster response. In the end, project organizers want to know if GeoTag-X could be a useful tool in an operational context.
In order to assess this Citizen Cyberlab has set up a series of pilot projects covering different disaster-related events. Disasters could include earthquakes, floods and hurricanes along with more slow-moving events such as drought, climate change and pollution. Analysis in the pilot projects therefore could cover topics as diverse as environmental conditions, health, agriculture and engineering.
The Citizen Cyberlab consortium consists of seven partners: the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR/UNOSAT), Imperial College (ICSTM), University College London (UCL), Université de Genève (UNIGE), Université Paris Descartes (UPD) and The Mobile Collective (TMC).