Ontologies for crisis management: a review of state of the art in ontology design and usability

Liu, Shuangyan; Brewster, Christopher and Shaw, Duncan (2013). Ontologies for crisis management: a review of state of the art in ontology design and usability. In: Proceedings of the 10th International ISCRAM Conference – Baden-Baden, Germany, May 2013, pp. 349–359.

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Abstract

The growing use of a variety of information systems in crisis management both by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and emergency management agencies makes the challenges of information sharing and interoperability increasingly important. The use of semantic web technologies is a growing area and is a technology stack specifically suited to these challenges. This paper presents a review of ontologies, vocabularies and taxonomies that are useful in crisis management systems. We identify the different subject areas relevant to crisis management based on a review of the literature. The different ontologies and vocabularies available are analysed in terms of their coverage, design and usability. We also consider the use cases for which they were designed and the degree to which they follow a variety of standards. While providing comprehensive ontologies for the crisis domain is not feasible or desirable there is considerable scope to develop ontologies for the subject areas not currently covered and for the purposes of interoperability.

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