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In this article, Soenke Ziesche proposes using wikis to “share information faster and more easily during emergencies” by enhancing them semantically. Ziesche recommends the use of the Semantic MediaWiki a WikiProject designed to develop a single solution for semantic annotation that allows for simple, machine-based processing of Wiki content without compromising usability and performance.

“Access to timely information is critical for relief operations in emergency situations,” Ziesche writes. “Over the last years social-networking web systems, such as wikis, have become more and more sophisticated and can also be applied fruitfully in humanitarian information management. However, a major drawback of the Web currently is that its content is not machine-readable, a shortcoming that is addressed by the Semantic Web approach.”

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