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Christine M. Newlon, Mark Pfaff, Himalaya Patel, Gert-Jan De Vreede, & Karl MacDorman. (2009). Mega-collaboration: The Inspiration and development of an interface for large-scale disaster response. In S. J. J. Landgren (Ed.), ISCRAM 2009 – 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives. Gothenburg: Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.
Abstract: The need to gather and use decentralized information and resources in responding to disasters demands an integrated interface that can support large-scale collaboration. This paper describes the development of a collaboration tool interface. The tool will surpass existing groupware and social networking applications, providing easy entry, categorization, and visualization of masses of critical data; the ability to form ad-hoc teams with collaboration protocols for negotiated action; and agent-augmented mixed-initiative tracking and coordination of these activities. The paper reports user testing results concerning the data entry interface, emergent leadership, and the directed negotiation process. The paper also discusses planned enhancements, including formalized collaboration engineering and the use of a disaster simulation test bed.
Keywords: Autonomous agents; Data visualization; Disasters; Equipment testing; Groupware; Information systems; Multi agent systems; Collaboration; Collaboration engineering; Decentralized informations; Large-scale collaboration; Mixed initiative; Social networking applications; ThinkLets; Virtual team; Human resource management
Track: Human-Computer Interaction