Pacific Northwest Disaster Management Speaker Series now on Youtube

As announced before, earlier this year, seven leaders from various levels of government and renowned disaster management experts gave individual 45-to-75-minute talks at the University of Washington’s iSchool. The video clips  of this “Pacific Northwest Disaster Management Speakers Series” are now available on Youtube

( https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw_fY_HX24KKLjwNz1NnxpX7b-_A7zPj7 ).

The seven-talk speaker series has produced a rich informational and educational account, in which multiple perspectives on the subject of disasters and potential catastrophes in the Pacific Northwest are presented.

The speakers addressed in particular challenges for professional disaster responders in the context of “situational awareness” and “managerial coordination.”

The speaker series was open to the public and was part of the INFX 598 research seminar conducted by Prof. Hans J Scholl, PhD, of the University of Washington’s Information School, in February and March of 2018.

Speaker Series (Invitation to Attend) — Disaster Information Management 

Announcement

In recent years, the general public has developed a growing understanding of the fact that the Pacific Northwest might be severely affected by a range of serious disasters including potentially catastrophic incidents, for example, a rupture of tectonic plates along the Cascadia Subduction Zone resulting in an earthquake of magnitude 9 plus.

Professional responders in the area have fully engaged in planning and preparing, so to be able to cope with such an incident once it happens. 

During this winter quarter the UW Information School is holding a series of one-hour invited talks featuring leading emergency and disaster managers of the Pacific Northwest. The formal presentation of some 40 minutes in duration will be followed by a question-and-answer session of about 20 minutes.

The speakers will address in particular challenges for responders in the context of “situational awareness” and “managerial coordination.” The speaker series will be open to the public.  

The speaker series is part of the INFX 598 research seminar conducted by Prof. Hans J Scholl of the Universitry of Washington’s Information School.

Since space is limited, RSVPs are required. The speaker series is held at Seattle Campus in Smith Hall Room 102 on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

Speakers Series Schedule
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Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)

Requirements, skills, methods, and challenges when organizing and maintaining an agile and highly functional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a metropolitan area, which is at major risk

Speaker: Laurel Nelson, Deputy Director, City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-1-tickets-42433010276

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Friday, February 2, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
The Oso/SR530 landslide response of 2014 and the 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise. Major lessons learned

Speaker: Jason Biermann, Snohomish County, Director of Emergency Management

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-2-tickets-42433314185

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Friday, February 9, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)

The Oso/SR530 landslide response of 2014 and the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise: Insights from the State Level: Managerial challenges in multi-level and multi-agency response management

Speaker: WA EMD–to be confirmed)

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-3-tickets-42433567944
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Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)

WebEOC: Information technology for response management—experiences and challenges

Speaker: TJ McDonald, City of Seattle, Office of Emergency Management

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-4-tickets-42433814682

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Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
Lessons learned from the 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response, Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise, Hurricane Maria: The FEMA Region X perspective.

Speaker: Scott D. Zaffram, Federal Preparedness Coordinator, Director, National Preparedness Division––Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Region 10

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-5-tickets-42433931030

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Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)

Emergency and Disaster Response in the Pacific Northwest: Innovative uses of information technology

Speaker: Eric Holdeman, Eric Holdeman & Associates, Puyallup, WA

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-6-tickets-42434106555

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Friday, March 9, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)

The Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise and the 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response: The important role and contributions of the Washington National Guard (WANG)

Speakers: Lt.Col Clayton E. Braun and Lt.Col J. Ryan Price

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-northwest-disaster-management-speaker-series-7-tickets-42434240957
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For further information, please contact

Dr. Hans Jochen Scholl, MBA
Professor
University of Washington
The Information School
Mary Gates Hall, Suite 370D
MS 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840, USA
Phone: (206) 616-2543
Fax: (206) 616-3152
Email: jscholl >< uw.edu

EGRL Version 13.5 Published — Now 9,901 Entries

EGRL

Version 13.5 of the e-Gov Reference Library (EGRL) has been published as of December 15, 2017. It now contains 9,901 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of electronic government, electronic governance, and electronic democracy.

This marks a 6.6% increase in references from version 13.0 (June of 2017) and a 12.4% increase from version 12.5 (March of 2017). This past publication period has yet been another good one for e-Government-related publishing adding another 4-digit number (1,096) of new peer-reviewed academic references within the past 9 months.

The EGRL has become an indispensable tool for e-Gov scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions are reported to rely heavily on this reference library. Packaged in a 14.3 MB zip file, bibTeX, RIS, and an enlp (packaged) full Endnote versions are available. Mendeley or Zotero versions can easily be created by importing from RIS or bibTeX files. Please get back to us in case of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your interest and cooperation..

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EGRL Version 13.0 Released — Now 9,287 Entries

Version 13.0 of the e-Gov Reference Library (EGRL) has been published as of June 26, 2017. It now contains 9,287 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of electronic government, electronic governance, and electronic democracy.

This marks a 5.5% increase in references from version 12.5 (March of 2017) and a 13.5% increase from version 12.0 (July of 2016). This past publication period has yet been another good one for e-Government-related publishing adding a 4-digit number (1,106) of new peer-reviewed academic references within the past 12 months.

Go to the EGRL Site, from where you can download the reference library.

New Publication on 2014 Oso/SR530 Landslide by iQRP DRIM

iQRP (the iSchool Qualitative Research Project) on Disaster Response Information Management has published its first report on the March 22, 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response (Informational Challenges in Early Disaster Response: The Massive Oso/SR530 Landslide 2014 as Case in Point by Hans J Scholl, Stephanie Ballard, Sarah Carnes, Andy Herman, and Neal Parker). The manuscript passed a rigorous peer review and was accepted for presentation at the prestigious Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. It focuses on the challenges responders had to master when establishing “situational awareness” and a “common operating picture,” which guided the response efforts. The manuscript discusses, how the management of information during a disaster response can be improved. The research group currently also investigates the specific “managerial challenges” responders faced during the incident response. The results of this sub-project are expected to be published later in 2017.

Concurrently, the group empirically investigates the same challenges responders faced during the Cascadia Rising Exercise of June 2016 (CR16). This simulation of a catastrophic incident (a magnitude 9.0+ earthquake and a subsequent tsunami) in the Pacific Northwest involved about 20,000 professional responders as participants, which makes it one of the largest exercises of its kind ever. Many of the CR16 participants were also involved in the Oso/SR530 incident response.

The iQRP team will compare the results of the two studies in order to derive important insights about how the internal and external information management in disaster response can be improved. We will update on the progress of the project and the various iQRP sub-projects here.