Call for Papers: AMCIS 2013 Minitrack “ICT-enabled Crisis, Disaster, and Catastrophe Management”

After a very successful start in 2012, this minitrack goes into its second year at AMCIS:

AMCIS 2013 Call for Papers: Minitrack “ICT-enabled Crisis, Disaster, and Catastrophe Management”
Track: Electronic Government
Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 15-17, 2013

Minitrack Description

Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an increasingly important role in all phases of adaptive and agile crisis response and management. This minitrack contributes to the discussion in the AMCIS community about ICTs in crisis preparedness and response management by creating a space for discourse about the role of information systems throughout crises, disasters, and catastrophes (including crisis informatics).

Papers are invited that deal with any aspect of the analysis, design, development, deployment, operation, or evaluation of information systems for crisis, disaster, catastrophe preparedness and response management. Authors may focus on the tools, functionality, and/or interfaces that are being or should be provided to human actors involved with crisis. Also, the specific challenges residing in the context of emergency and disaster response management, and how information systems are used to cope with those challenges are in the particular focus of this minitrack. We further invite papers including but not limited to:

* Theoretical foundations and research methods
* Early-warning and crisis alert systems
* Role of ICTs in emergency and disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery
* ICT-enabled vulnerability detection
* Challenges in ICT-enabled emergency operations management
* Crisis-related education and training
* Resilience and robustness of information infrastructures in crises, disasters, and catastrophes
* Social networking, social media, and collaborative systems in crises, disasters, and catastrophes
Crowdsourcing for enhanced situational awareness in crises, disasters, and catastrophes
Information quality and cross-agency disaster information sharing
* Geographic Information Systems in crisis management
* Specifics of System Analysis and Design of disaster management ICTs
* Integration and interoperation of information systems in crises
* Vulnerabilities of ICTs under disaster conditions
* Mobile systems in crisis, disaster, and catastrophe management
* System success and failure factors
* Human and organizational information behavior in crises, disasters, and catastrophes
* Cross-sector collaboration and interoperation in crises, disasters, and catastrophes
* Health-care systems
* Human-centered design and Human-Computer interaction for disaster-ready systems
* Case studies / lessons learned

Important dates:
January, 4, 2013:               Submission system starts to accept submissions
February 22, 2013             Deadline for paper submissions
April 22, 2013                    Notification of acceptance
May 9, 2013                       Final copy due


Hans J Scholl
University of Washington

Akemi Takeoka Chatfield
University of Wollongong