DIRL (Disaster Information Reference Library) — Version 1.5 Released

Now Listing 2,533 references of Peer-reviewed Research Articles in the English Language
Version 1.5 of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) is the first semi-annual update of this reference library. It has been published as of May 15, 2019. The library now contains 2,533 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 424 references, or 20.1%).

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 Endnote export (enx) and Endnote XML 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 at 

(CL) Hans Jochen Scholl

Interview on Disaster Zone Show at King County TV

I had the great pleasure to appear as featured interview guest on the 30-minute Disaster Zone TV show in downtown Seattle. The show is hosted by Eric Holdeman, one of the nation’s most highly reputed experts on disaster response management. Holdeman is a former emergency manager himself who held managerial positions at Federal, State, and County levels. The show is produced by King County TV and watched by professional emergency responders around the nation. The recorded edition of the show will be on the air shortly and can already be watched on YouTube. (Video, 24:55)

Disaster Information Reference Library Version 1.0 Published

Following the role model of the highly successful Digital Government Reference Library, now the first version of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) has been published. Initially the DIRL contains 2,109 references of peer-reviewed academic publications in the English language. The DIRL is scheduled to be updated semi-annually. More information is available here.

Speaker Series (Invitation to Attend) — Disaster Information Management 


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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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
For further information, please contact

Dr. Hans Jochen Scholl, MBA
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

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.