ISCRAM 2013 Conference Proceedings - Book of Papers
International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Dear ISCRAM2013 Participant, It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the ISCRAM Association Board to this 10 th edition of our ISCRAM conference in Baden-Baden. At the time I am writing this, less than a month to go before the start of the Conference, at last the many pieces of the complex puzzle that a Conference program is are falling into place. The program has been published, registrations have reached the magic number of 200 since a few days now, and final details are being arranged
... or the social event and the conference dinner. Now is the proverbial 'silence before the storm'that almost unreal time when the organizers take a last deep breath before all of us start arriving in the days before the Conference kicks-off on Sunday with the PhD Colloquium and the famously traditional "Belgian Beer" evening. Needless to say, this is the end point of a long and intense journey. A journey that officially started at the conference dinner in May last year, in Vancouver, when conference chair Professor Beyerer informed us of the venue of the conference, and provided us with a glimpse of what we could expect. Since that day in May, the conference chairs, the program chair and her co-chairs, the track chairs, the PhD Colloquium chair, the workshop chairs, the ISCRAM Events Committee chair, the ISCRAM Academic Publications and Standards Committee chair and numerous others have worked relentlessly to build the program, step by step, month by month. A lot of work has gone unnoticed by most of you who are now reading this Welcome Address, but more than once their efforts were crucial andas is often the case in an academic communityat a late evening or weekend day when any sane person would rather be enjoying a pleasant evening or a day out. As the Board of the ISCRAM Association, we are extremely grateful for the efforts by so many to bring to us the program that we are about to experience in Baden-Baden. Without your efforts and your enthusiasm, ISCRAM would simply not be where it is today. Thank you. And so here we are now, ready to join and experience the 10 th edition of the ISCRAM Conference. Little could we have known when the very first ISCRAM Workshop was organized in Brussels in 2004, that 10 years later this conference would have visited so many places around the world, alternating between Europe (Brussels, Delft, Gothenburg, Lisbon) and Northern America (Newark, Washington DC, Seattle, Vancouver), annual conferences in China (Harbin and Beijing), summer schools in the Netherlands (Tilburg), and an upcoming first ISCRAM-X event in Vietnam. The resulting body of knowledge is equally impressive: many hundreds of papers (I should try to count the exact number!) have been published in the various conference proceedings, all of which are totally open and freely accessible to everyone through our iscram.org website. Our review process is rigorous and at the same time relevant, as our reviewers usually take care in their review task to provide authors with useful feedback. I therefore thank all reviewers, and their numbers are in the hundreds, who have done this work voluntarily and diligently to make this ISCRAM conference meet the highest academic standards.