Ontologies for crisis management: a review of state of the art in ontology design and usability

S. Liu, C. Brewster, D. Shaw

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Abstract

The growing use of a variety of information systems in crisis management both by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and emergency management agencies makes the challenges of information sharing and interoperability increasingly important. The use of semantic web technologies is a growing area and is a technology stack specifically suited to these challenges. This paper presents a review of ontologies, vocabularies and taxonomies that are useful in crisis management systems. We identify the different subject areas relevant to
crisis management based on a review of the literature. The different ontologies and vocabularies available are analysed in terms of their coverage, design and usability. We also consider the use cases for which they were designed and the degree to which they follow a variety of standards. While providing comprehensive ontologies for the crisis domain is not feasible or desirable there is considerable scope to develop ontologies for the subject areas not currently covered and for the purposes of interoperability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2013 conference proceedings
Subtitle of host publication10th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
EditorsT. Comes, F. Fiedrich, S. Fortier, et al
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden (DE)
PublisherKarlsruher Institut für Technologie
Pages349-359
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-3-923704-80-4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event10th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management - Baden-Baden, Germany
Duration: 12 May 201315 May 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the international ISCRAM conference
Publisher2411-3387

Conference

Conference10th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Abbreviated titleISCRAM 2013
CountryGermany
CityBaden-Baden
Period12/05/1315/05/13

Keywords

  • ontologies
  • crisis management
  • information interoperability
  • ontology design and usability
  • semantic web
  • information systems
  • interoperability
  • ontology
  • risk management
  • societies and institutions
  • srisis management systems
  • emergency management
  • iinformation sharing
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • ontology design
  • semantic web technology
  • management information systems

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    Beneito-Montagut, R., Anson, S., Shaw, D. & Brewster, C., 2013, ISCRAM 2013 conference proceedings: 10th international conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Comes, T., Fiedrich, F., Fortier, S. & et al (eds.). Baden-Baden (DE): Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, p. 828-833 6 p. (Proceedings of the international ISCRAM conference ).

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