AAAI Publications, 2015 AAAI Spring Symposium Series

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Bringing Structure to the Disaster Data Typhoon: An Analysis of Decision-Makers’ Information Needs in the Response to Haiyan
Tina Comes, Olga Vybornova, Bartel Van de Walle

Last modified: 2015-03-12


Effective coordination and information sharing are vital for the response to sudden onset disasters, and aim at em­powering the responding agencies as well as the affected commu­nities to respond to and recover from the impact of a disas­ter in a well-orchestrated manner. The response to Typhoon Haiyan, however, revealed many organizational and tech­nical obstacles that impeded the efficient retrieval and sharing of information. This paper presents findings from field research that was conducted in the Philippines in De­cember 2013, and outlines approaches to direct future work on standardization and information sharing.


Disaster Management; Decision Makers Information Needs; Ontologies; Field Research; Typhoon Haiyan

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