Categories: ISCRAM2008 Conference


5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management ISCRAM2008
SPECIAL SESSION on Reducing Information Proliferation and Overload in Emergency Management


Where is the information I need?
Where is the knowledge I should have?
Where is the wisdom I wish I had?
With apologies to T.S. Elliot, the above might well express the desires of practitioners in Emergency Management or Business Continuity. The crux of the problem today is that there is an unbelievable amount of documents, reports, message lists, and sites on the web in this field and that it is growing far faster than any single individual can deal with or feel confident that they have not missed something important.

Currently on the Web, using a simple Google search for ìemergency managementî or business continuityî we find over 9 million items. Those following this field are seeing hundreds of new items a week pass by in various lists, newsletters, announcements, etc..

Research Area

The objective of this session is to request papers on proposed methods to reduce information overload in Emergency Management with a specific approach that has been applied to at least a sample of data currently on the Web. These techniques can include information retrieval methods and those approaches to allow individuals or Communities of Practice to better filter, organize, structure, and/or recommend quality or relevance of the material on this subject.


Examples include, but are not limited to, indexing methods, ontology methods, collaborative tagging, theme detection, recommender systems, knowledge structures, use of tailored agents, extraction methods, clustering methods, standards, etc. We are interested in existing or new methods for locating the most relevant and high-quality information, applied specifically to the topic of emergency management or business continuity. We will also consider as papers for this session case studies by or about practitioners on what they face today as information overload and how they currently cope with it.