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Survey: ICT-supported public participation in disasters

: Al-Akkad, Amro; Zimmermann, Andreas

Postprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-2039178 (321 KByte PDF)
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Created on: 12.6.2012

Rothkrantz, L. ; Environmental Systems Research Institute -ESRI-:
ISCRAM 2012, 9th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Proceedings : Vancouver, Canada, April 2012
Vancouver: Simon Fraser University, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-86491-332-6
5 pp.
International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) <9, 2012, Vancouver>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer FIT ()
survey; public participation in disasters; ICT; participatory sensing

In an increasingly networked society citizens at disaster sites utilize information and communication technology (ICT) to communicate needs or to share information. In order to understand better emergent possibilities and implications of applying ICT for supporting public participation in disasters, we surveyed 57 respondents regarding several key user aspects as perceived usefulness, socially related issues, or deployment. Surprisingly, our results show a clear tendency to use a disaster specific application instead of using everyday services as facebook or Twitter. However, such application poses the risk to loose its focus fading slowly away after once downloading it. Further study is needed to understand if these results are representative regarding public society.