Researcher to co-chair think-tank

A NICTA researcher will co-chair a new W3C group designed to help disaster-relief organisations share up-to-date information.

A researcher from NICTA, Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence, will co-chair a new World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) group designed to pave the way for the various organisations involved in managing disasters to share up-to-date information.

NICTA principal researcher, Dr Renato Iannella, a former W3C advisory board member, will co-chair the EIIF Incubator Group with Chamindra de Silva from Lanka Software Foundation/Virtusa.

"The emergency management community encompasses a broad spectrum of local, national and international organisations with a role in emergency and disaster management," Iannella said.

"It is essential that information gathered by these organisations is stored and communicated in common formats to ensure that information can be easily exchanged and aggregated to support the decision-making process."

"A key component of this process is ensuring that consistent definitions (vocabulary) are used to support meaningful sharing of information," Iannella said.

The W3C Emergency Interoperability Framework (EIIF) Incubator Group aims to encourage the emergency management community to develop clearly defined definitions and a framework to enable collaborative information sharing and aggregation of information to assist in emergency functions.

Iannella explained his excitement in being able to play such an important role, "It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring together the emergency information community to work towards a common information sharing framework under the auspices of the leading international web standards consortium."

The group will review and analyse the current state-of-the-art vocabularies used in emergency management functions and investigate the path forward via an emergency management systems information interoperability framework.

For further information, visit W3C www.w3.org.

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