Academic Research on Disaster Information Management is Growing Rapidly and Steadily

As per November 1, 2021, version 4.0 of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) has been released, which is about two weeks ahead of the original schedule (November 15). The library now contains 3,933 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of disaster information and information technologies and their uses in the context of disasters. This represents an increase over the previous version of 423 references, or 11.4%. The DIRL release history reveals that from the inaugural DIRL version 1.0 to this version (DIRL v. 4.0), the peer-reviewed academic literature has almost quadrupled in the course of little over four years. This is a remarkable increase of the body of academic knowledge in the particular area of disaster information management and disaster information technology within a relatively short period of time.

The DIRL is intended to become an indispensable tool for Disaster Information and Technology-interested scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions may want to rely on this reference library.

Packaged in a zip file, bibTeXRIS as well as an Endnote package (enlp) 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. The DIRL can be downloaded from the DIRL website.

Please also note: The DIRL is provided on basis of self-service. Do not request any support.

Recipient of IFIP Service Award

On September 22, by decision of the the General Assembly, the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) presented the IFIP Service Award to Prof. Hans Jochen Scholl. The honor was awarded in recognition of “outstanding contributions to IFIP and the Informatics Community.”

IFIP was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO. The federation’s activities are coordinated by 13 Technical Committees (TCs) which are organized into more than 100 Working Groups (WGs), bringing together over 3,500 ICT professionals and researchers from around the world to conduct research, develop standards, and promote information sharing. Each TC covers a particular aspect of computing and related disciplines.

Wrote IFIP President Mike Hinchey, “This reward is in recognition of your considerable and sustained contributions to IFIP both technically and in volunteer and support capacities. We are grateful for what you have done for IFIP, and this is a token of our appreciation.”

Upon reception of the award, Scholl stated, “Over the past two decades it has been my honor and also my obligation to help advance information and information-systems-related knowledge in academia and practice. Meeting and working with high-caliber colleagues from around the world on a number of important subjects, projects, workshops, and major conferences has always been my pleasure. I feel humbled by the award, and I thank my colleagues in the General Assembly for their kind recognition of my work.”

Scholl is member of two IFIP working groups (WG 8.5, TC8—Information Systems in Public Administration and WG 5.15, TC5—Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (ITDRR)).

DIRL Version 3.5 Released

Version 3.5 is another semi-annual update of this reference library. It has been published as of April 6, 2021, some three weeks later than originally scheduled (March 15) due to additional maintenance efforts. The library now contains 3,510 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of disaster information and information technologies and their uses in the context of disasters (see inclusion criteria). This represents an increase over the previous version of 150 references, or 4.5%.

The DIRL is intended to become an indispensable tool for Disaster Information and Technology-interested scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions may want to rely on this reference library.

Packaged in a zip file, bibTeX, RIS as well as an Endnote package (enlp) versions are available for downloading. 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.

Please also note: The DIRL is provided on basis of self-service. Do not request any support.

DIRL Version 3.0 Released

Version 3.0 of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) is the next semi-annual update of this reference library. It has been published as of November 15, 2020. The library now contains 3,360 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of disaster information and information technologies and their uses in the context of disasters. This represents an increase over the previous version of 351 references, or 11.7%.

The DIRL is intended to become an indispensable tool for Disaster Information and Technology-interested scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions may want to rely on this reference library. The revision history can be accessed here.

Packaged in a zip file, bibTeX, RIS as well as an Endnote package (enlp) 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. [Go to Download Site]

Please also note: The DIRL is provided on basis of self-service. Do not request any support.

Interview on Disaster Zone

Disaster response management ranks among the most challenging branches of management due to the many unknowns including the unknown incident dynamics and their ramifications when responding. Accurate and verified information is the premier asset to any professional responder for creating the basis for an effective response rooted in sound situational awareness and the so-called Common Operating Picture. However, this particular asset is the hardest to come by for responders. Information systems of all kinds play an increasingly important role in this context. On September 11, 2020, the fateful day in our history, Eric Holdeman, a veteran of thirty years in leadership of disaster response management on all levels of government and a renowned authority in the field, interviewed me for the Disaster Zone Podcast. The 28-min interview can be found here: podcast / transcript.