Social Web mining and exploitation for serious applications: Technosocial Predictive Analytics and related technologies for public health, environmental and national security surveillance

Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2010 Oct;100(1):16-23. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2010.02.007. Epub 2010 Mar 17.


This paper explores Technosocial Predictive Analytics (TPA) and related methods for Web "data mining" where users' posts and queries are garnered from Social Web ("Web 2.0") tools such as blogs, micro-blogging and social networking sites to form coherent representations of real-time health events. The paper includes a brief introduction to commonly used Social Web tools such as mashups and aggregators, and maps their exponential growth as an open architecture of participation for the masses and an emerging way to gain insight about people's collective health status of whole populations. Several health related tool examples are described and demonstrated as practical means through which health professionals might create clear location specific pictures of epidemiological data such as flu outbreaks.

MeSH terms

  • Blogging*
  • Data Mining / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Public Health*
  • Security Measures / organization & administration*
  • United Kingdom
  • User-Computer Interface