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Alessandro Faraotti, Antonella Poggi, Berardino Salvatore, & Guido Vetere. (2009). Information management for crisis response in WORKPAD. 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: WORKPAD (EU STREP project FP6-2005-IST-5-034749) is an experimental platform for Crisis Response which adopts a decentralized, event-driven approach to overcome problems and limitations of centralized systems. The flexibility of P2P networking is relevant when different organizations must get rapidly integrated the one another, without resorting on standardized ontologies and centralized middleware components. This paper illustrates the main features of the Information Integration platform we've designed. A number of relevant technical and theoretical issues related to decentralized platforms are discussed in the light of specific needs of Crisis Response.
Keywords: Data integration; Information services; Information systems; Knowledge representation; Middleware; Ontology; Service oriented architecture (SOA); Automatic reasoning; Centralized systems; Crisis response; Event-driven approach; Event-driven architectures; Experimental platform; Information integration; Middleware components; Information management