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[liberationtech] “Geospatial Responses to Disasters: A Holistic Approach (Web-based GIS/Mobile Devices)” CALL FOR PAPERS

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Mon Sep 17 00:44:44 PDT 2012


From: David Alvarez <davidalvarez76 at yahoo.com>

The Internet is a valuable tool for communication and data dissemination.
It provides an easy way to bring people together with common interests to
exchange knowledge, ideas and technology regardless of their geographical
location. In its role as an effective tool for communication, it can be
invaluable for disaster management yet it has been underutilized. Access to
spatial data, as well as advanced mapping and spatial analysis over the
Internet, is critical for all stages of disaster management including
preparedness, response and recovery.

Effective disaster management requires integration and distribution of
historical, preplanned, and real-time information from various sources.
This information must be reliable, accurate and understandable in the
fastest time possible to carry out the required activities. It is in these
situations where Geo-enabled web services and mobile GIS can be used to
plan for, respond to and recover from emergency situations by providing
responders with the most accurate information when it is most needed and
with the ability to be updated consistently. In other words, Geo-enabled
web services plus the mobile GIS give emergency management professionals
the ability to assemble large amounts of public information about their
community to analyze and use the information in a intelligent and efficient
manner. This will also allow the personnel, on the ground, to collect,
maintain and store vital information related to infrastructure, cadastre,
street networks and land use; all of which make the response to the
disaster more cohesive.

The exploitation of web services and mobile GIS can significantly increase
the usage and accessibility of spatial data, which is a key requirement
before, during and after any disaster. Also, recent growth and advancements
of various technologies has helped mobile GIS enabled users to decrease
task redundancy and keep their data current. Utilizing mobile GIS and web
services is both a way to increase speed and accuracy of communication and
data flow during disasters.

This Special Issue will solicit articles on the following topics:

•    Web based multidimensional GIS for disaster management
•    Data interoperability for disaster management
•    Web-based geospatial disaster response
•    Crisis mapping
•    Crowd sourcing data collection before, during and after disasters
•    Workflow to increase real-time accessibility of data
•    Data standardization, organizational and legal aspects of sharing
remote sensing information.
•    Workflow to convert data into usable information.

Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the PE&RS Instructions to
Authors, published in each issue of PE&RS and also available on the ASPRS
web site at http:/www.asprs.org/pers/AuthorInstructions. All submissions
will be peer-reviewed in accordance with PE&RS policy. Because of page
limits, not all submissions recommended for acceptance by the review panel
may be included in the Special Issue. Under this circumstance, the guest
editors will select the most relevant papers for inclusion in the Special
Issue. Papers that are reviewed favorably, but will not fit within the
Special Issue, can be revised and submitted for review as a new paper to
the PE&RS Editor-in-Chief for possible publication in a future regular
issue of PE&RS.  .

Please e-mail your manuscript directly to:  David Alvarez, Email:
davidalvarez76 at gmail.com,

Important Dates:

Manuscripts Due:     11/01/12

Decision to Authors:    02/01/13

Final Papers Due:     03/01/13

Publication:         10/01/13
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