The term ‘biosurveillance’ is sometimes used to refer to what we mean by ‘biosecurity’.
Comparison of Web-Based Biosecurity Intelligence Systems: BioCaster, EpiSPIDER and HealthMap
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Volume 59, Issue 3, pages 223–232, June 2012
How to Cite
Lyon, A., Nunn, M., Grossel, G. and Burgman, M. (2012), Comparison of Web-Based Biosecurity Intelligence Systems: BioCaster, EpiSPIDER and HealthMap. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, 59: 223–232. doi: 10.1111/j.1865-1682.2011.01258.x
The term ‘country’ is used more broadly here than usual. See http://www.geonames.org/countries/ for the list of ‘countries’ used in this study.
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2011
- Received for publication May 6, 2011
- automated biosecurity intelligence;
- open-source information
Three web-based biosecurity intelligence systems – BioCaster, EpiSPIDER and HealthMap – are compared with respect to their ability to gather and analyse information relevant to public health. Reports from each system for the period 2–30 August 2010 were studied. The systems were compared to the volume of information that they acquired, their overlaps in this information, their timeliness, their sources, their focus on different languages and their focus on different geographical regions. Main results were as follows: EpiSPIDER obtains the most information and does so mainly through Twitter; no significant difference in systems’ timeliness was found; there is a relatively small overlap between the systems (10–20%); the systems have significant differences in their ability to acquire information relevant to different countries, which may be due to the sources they use and the languages they focus on.