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Technology in Disaster Response and Management: Narratives of Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Katrina Petersen, Monika Büscher

ABSTRACT

Ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) are widely recognised as important in IT innovation for crisis response and management. However, attention often struggles to get beyond theorising basic concepts, when the realities of how difficulties and opportunities manifest are complex and practical. Unless these realities are understood, solutions to ELSI will remain at the surface, missing opportunities to responsibly and creatively leverage the potential of IT in disaster response. This workshop brings together narratives of lived experiences of ethical, legal, and social issues encountered in the context of IT innovation in disaster response, and analyses of normative, policy and regulatory backgrounds. In this editorial, we motivate this turn to narrative, summarise the contributions that will be presented on the day, and set out some key questions.

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Workshop summary: Workshop on Semantics and Analytics for Emergency Response (SAFE2015)

Eva Blomqvist, Vitaveska Lanfranchi, Suvodeep Mazumdar, Tomi Kauppinen, Carsten Kessler

 ABSTRACT

The Emergency Response domain is a highly challenging domain, requiring the active collaboration of several experts and authorities on the one hand and large-scale data analysis on the other. This poses significant challenges in sharing and analysing highly dynamic data describing highly evolving situations. This paper provides a brief summary for the first workshop in the SAFE workshop series. The workshop is aimed at bringing together analysts, practitioners, researchers and enthusiasts and provides a discussion ground for practical problems, solutions and projects that exploit Semantic Web, Linked Data analytics for Emergency Response. Following a round of thorough reviews, four papers are accepted and a keynote will complement the paper presentations along with a few discussion sessions.  

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Geospatial ICT Support for Crisis Management and Response

Thomas Usländer, Ingo Simonis

ABSTRACT

Efficient crisis response and management requires well-informed actors and stakeholders and effective means for communication and policy enforcement. A secure and dependable geospatial information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure may be an indispensable aid if it is tailored to the needs of the respective risk and crisis management phases and the various users.

During an ISCRAM 2015 workshop experts of the risk and crisis management community meet software architects and engineers of the geospatial domain. The objective is to investigate use cases and map them to capabilities of an underlying geospatial ICT infrastructure. The workshop shall launch a sustainable discussion between ISCRAM and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), especially its Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) domain working group, beyond ISCRAM 2015.

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