Although disasters differ depending on the nature and context in which they occur, their management faces almost the same and repetitive set of challenges. These challenges are mainly related to inter-organisational relationships and the commitments of multiple stakeholders collaborating under severe time and resource constraints.
For this special Issue we are particularly interested in original work on the current state of research and development in collaboration technologies and systems for disaster management. This includes the whole cycle of detection, prevention, readiness, response, and recovery from disasters.
Typically, responding to a disaster or crisis requires multiple distributed agencies, task groups and individuals to be involved in making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. Thus, contributions that improve information technology support for collaboration in disaster management and emergency responses are solicited.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at theInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management(ICT-DM'2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Collaborative information system architectures, frameworks and technologies
- Human-computer intelligent interaction
- Pervasive middleware/systems for emergency management
- Emergency communication systems
- Wireless networks and sensors networks for emergency management
- Wireless protocols for emergency management
- QoS in critical communications
- Interactive communication media/content
- Distributed/cooperative media
- Collaborative decision making under stress, time pressure and limited resources
- Internet/web-based systems/products
- Service-oriented architectures for collaboration
- Cloud computing for disaster management
- Ontology-based approaches for collaboration
- Contextual and situation-based collaboration
- Security and privacy concerns in information sharing
- Social media and networks for participation and collaboration
- Modelling and simulation of collaboration
- Information infrastructure and electronic governance
- Public transportation and traffic management
- Geospatial information technology and geo-collaboration
- Web mapping and geographic information systems (GIS)
- Visualisation and visual analytics
Submission of manuscripts: 28 November, 2014
Notification to authors: 28 January, 2015
Final versions due: 29 March, 2015