Towards a Pan - European Information Space (ISCRAM conference, May 2015)

When disasters occur, key factors for minimizing damages and loss of lives are access to necessary information and effective communication between emergency services. In cross-border disaster management, further challenges arise: language barriers, uneven know-how, organisational and technical differences in particular concerning communication and data or information exchange. To address those challenges, the FP7-Project EPISECC (Establish Pan-European Information Space to Enhance Security of Citizens) is working on the concept of a common information space to improve interoperability and efficiency while managing cross-border disasters. This involves researching on a common taxonomy and ontology as well as on interoperability functionalities and tools. A first step on this direction is the analysis of how disasters have been and are being managed. This paper reports on an inventory of disasters designed to consolidate such knowledge and aimed at being the basis for this information space. First gaps identified in communication/information management are also presented.

Publication date: 
2015
Contact Person, Main Author: 
Kristin Huebner
Coauthors: 
Carsten Dalaff
Uberto Delprato
Wolfgang Vorraber
Gerald Lichtenegger
Georg Neubauer
Bettina Jager
Alexander Preinerstorfer
Involved institutions: 
DLR
IES Solutions
TUG
AIT
Type: 
Publication
Conference/Workshop: 
ISCRAM 2015