Tweak the Tweet: New Twitter Hashtag Syntax for Sharing Information During Catastrophes

first_imgRelated Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification As we reported last week, groups of hackers from all around the world got together this weekend to find ways to help Haiti and to create tools that can be used in future disasters. One of these groups, in collaboration with Project EPIC, developed a new syntax to make it easier for computers to read tweets from areas that are affected by a disaster. If adopted widely, this new hashtag-based syntax will make it easier to automatically extract data about locations or the status of a road or person.A vast number of status updates from Haiti were posted on Twitter in the last few days. As Chris Messina pointed out in a discussion on the Activity Streams mailing list earlier today, the lack of standardized metadata means that we currently have little choice but to use stopgap mechanisms like this new hashtag-based syntax to syndicate this kind of information into a computer-readable form.Main Tags#need [explain the needs using the appropriate keywords below]#offering or #offer or #have [explain what you have using appropriate keywords below]#imok [name] #ruok [name] #trapped [name]#injured [name]#open [write what is open, a road? a hospital? a store?]#closed [write what is closed? a road? a shelter?]How Does it WorkThe new syntax is pretty easy to learn. Every tweet should contain at least one main tag like #need [explain need], #offering or #injured [name]. You can find a full list of main tags here. In addition, tweets can also have data tags like #name [name], #loc [location] or #contact [email, phone etc.]. These tweets can also contain often-used keywords that don’t need the hashtag sign like food, supplies, road, hospital or help.ExamplesHere are some real-world examples of this new syntax being used in Haiti:#haiti #need security #loc General Hospital PAP #contact @thehatian#haiti #need water #loc Orphanage Foyer de Sion #contact @robinbauer #src @AnnCurryCan you deliver beans rice water to orphanage? #Haiti #Need Food #Contact: @childhopeintl #Loc: Delmas 75, Rue Cassagnol #14, PaP BLESS YOUWe aren’t aware of any tools that read these tweets yet, but it’s easy to imagine a Google Maps mashup that can show the locations of where people need help.If you would like to help the Project EPIC and Crisis Camp teams out, have a look at the groups’ website, which lists a number of ways to get involved in this project, ranging from translating tweets into the new hashtag format, to building applications that can collect the data from these tweets. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinoiscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#news#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Know the Rules and Regulations of Traveling with Batteries

first_imgThe Two Types of BatteriesEssentially, there are two types of batteries that a filmmaker will use: alkaline and lithium-ion. Alkaline batteries are your standard AA or AAA batteries. Usually, these batteries power your smaller accessories, like wireless microphones, boom mics, etc. Then, there are lithium-ion batteries. These are the bigger, block-style batteries that power your cameras. These batteries are much bigger and more cumbersome than alkaline batteries. Limitations on AlkalineImage via mariva2017.The TSA doesn’t restrict how many alkaline (or “dry”) batteries you can travel with. You can either check alkaline batteries, or you can carry them on. So, if you need AA, AAA, C, or D batteries on your next shoot, you can travel with as many as you can carry.Limitations on LithiumThere have been limitations for these batteries for some time; however, with the issue of exploding lithium batteries in phones over the last few years, the rules have become a little more strict. Knowing how to navigate these restrictions will make traveling with batteries much easier. The general rule of thumb is to try to stick to under 100Wh for all of your larger lithium batteries. When you stay under this number, you can carry on as many lithium batteries as you need to power your camera and accessories. From the TSALithium batteries with 100 watt hours or less may be carried in a device, in either carry-on or checked bags. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags.However, if you wish to carry on batteries that are larger than 100Wh, you can. You’re just limited to two, and they can’t exceed 160Wh. Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval, but are limited to two spare batteries per passenger. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags.The OptionsFortunately, battery and power manufactures — for cinema applications — are very aware of these TSA restrictions. As a result, they design and develop power and battery solutions that specifically address these limitations. For example, Anton Bauer has the Titan series of batteries, specifically created for these applications. They neatly fit within the TSA’s regulation amounts for both 100Wh and 160Wh limitations. Image via Anton Bauer.By understanding the TSA rules and regulations of traveling with batteries, you can eliminate much of the unnecessary headache and confusion. As a result, you can focus on what you do best, creating content. Cover image via Janaka Dharmasena.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks?Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on SetBuilding A Low Budget Handheld Rig For The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4KFollow Fill: The Simple Solution to Lighting a Difficult Scene7 DIY Filmmaking Projects You Can Complete in a WeekendHow Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stems In this write-up, we take a look at the rules and regulations of flying with batteries for your next filmmaking excursion.One of the most exciting aspects of being a filmmaker is discovering where your work takes you. However, these adventures often involve managing and travel with all the batteries you need to accomplish your work and power your equipment. However, by knowing and understanding the TSA regulations of flying with batteries, you can eliminate much, if not all, of that headache and confusion.last_img read more

Vergel Meneses wins mayor, Dondon Hontiveros tops councilor race; Yeng Guiao loses congressional bid

first_imgAtty. Rebo Saguisag, who serves as executive director of the UAAP and SBP head of technical commission, grabbed a seat as councilor in the first district of Makati. Ex-PBA players Franz Pumaren and Paul Artadi also won as councilors in the third district of Quezon City and first district of San Juan, respectively. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao, however, wasn’t as fortunate.Guiao, a multititled mentor who also calls the shots for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, lost to Carmelo Jon Lazatin in the congressional race as Pampanga’s first district representative.Meanwhile, former PBA star Dondon Hontiveros emerged as the top councilor in the second district of Cebu City with 158,129 votes. Francis Zamora on his way to cast his vote on Monday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netZamora garnered 35,060 votes to Estrada’s 24,813.PBA legend Vergel Meneses also won the mayoral race in Bulakan town, Bulacan three years after falling short in his electoral bid as vice mayor of the same town.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kevin Durant likely out for in Warriors’ first 2 games vs Blazers Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Sports personalities were among the biggest winners in this year’s midterm elections, but not all made the cut.Former cager Francis Zamora has been proclaimed mayor of San Juan, beating Janella Ejercito-Estrada and toppling the five-decade reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in the city.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:54Isko on winning mayoral race: It’s a humbling experience00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more