Mega-collaboration: The Inspiration and development of an interface for large-scale disaster response

Christine M. Newlon, Mark Pfaff, Himalaya Patel, Gert Jan De Vreede, Karl MacDorman

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Abstract

The need to gather and use decentralized information and resources in responding to disasters demands an integrated interface that can support large-scale collaboration. This paper describes the development of a collaboration tool interface. The tool will surpass existing groupware and social networking applications, providing easy entry, categorization, and visualization of masses of critical data; the ability to form ad-hoc teams with collaboration protocols for negotiated action; and agent-augmented mixed-initiative tracking and coordination of these activities. The paper reports user testing results concerning the data entry interface, emergent leadership, and the directed negotiation process. The paper also discusses planned enhancements, including formalized collaboration engineering and the use of a disaster simulation test bed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Subtitle of host publicationBoundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Print)9789163346040
StatePublished - 2009
Event6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: May 10 2009May 13 2009

Publication series

NameISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period5/10/095/13/09

Keywords

  • Autonomous agents
  • Collaboration
  • Mixed initiative multi-agent system
  • Thinklets
  • Virtual teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Newlon, C. M., Pfaff, M., Patel, H., De Vreede, G. J., & MacDorman, K. (2009). Mega-collaboration: The Inspiration and development of an interface for large-scale disaster response. In ISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives (ISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives). Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.