Kevin Wesendrup, Nicola Rupp, Adam Widera, & Bernd Hellingrath. (2019). Challenges and Trends of Data Management for Firefighting in Germany and the Netherlands. In Z. Franco, J. J. González, & J. H. Canós (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response And Management. Valencia, Spain: Iscram.
Abstract: For successful firefighting, information is key. In this work, a general overview of the current challenges and
trends of data management for firefighting in Germany and the Netherlands are examined. This was accomplished
by conducting a literature review to find out the current state-of-the-art in research. The results of the literature
review are then compared with expert sentiments and gaps between research and practice are revealed. Through
the review, six challenge categories are identified: cartographic data harmonization, IS standardization,
information gathering from unstructured data, canonical bodies of knowledge, and data-driven firefighting
support. The challenges and trends are discussed in the context of Germany and the Netherlands and significant
differences are presented. Lastly, the gaps between research and practice are thoroughly analyzed and potentials
for future work revealed.