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Emergency Responders as Inventors: An Action Research Examination of Public Information Work
by St. Denis, Lise Ann, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015, 219; 3743703
Abstract (Summary)

The development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has expanded the ways that people communicate and share information with one another. In the context of disaster, this has disrupted and reshaped the nature of the communication of emergency information and public participation in the emergency response process itself. Members of the public have been much quicker at adapting and improvising solutions in this new communication ecology than emergency response organizations. This difference in adoption reflects key differences in the formal constraints and responsibilities faced by emergency responders in comparison to the ability in the public sphere to improvise and organize more fluidly. My research focuses on the design and ongoing development of sociotechnical solutions within a community of emergency responders interested in integrating social media into emergency response practices. I look at both the solutions emerging across this community and the sociotechnical arrangements that support ongoing communication and the evolution of new ideas in a continual process of invention. My research spans four years, starting with an initial case study and progressing over time into a collaborative role that leverages my skills and knowledge of crisis informatics in the joint exploration of data analysis strategies and communication strategies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Palen, Leysia
Commitee: Anderson, Ken, Kane, Shaun, Lewis, Clayton, Tapia, Andrea
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Atlas
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Information science, Computer science
Keywords: Computer supported cooperative work, Crisis informatics, Digital volunteers, Emergency management, Smem, Vost
Publication Number: 3743703
ISBN: 978-1-339-36448-3
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