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Design principles of integrated information platform for emergency responses: The case of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

By Lili Yang, Guofeng Su and Hongyong Yuan


This article was published in the journal, Information Systems Research [© INFORMS] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/isre.1110.0387This paper investigates the challenges faced in designing an integrated information platform for emergency response management and uses the Beijing Olympic Games as a case study. The research methods are grounded in action research, participatory design, and situation-awareness oriented design. The completion of a more than two-year industrial secondment and six-month field studies ensured that a full understanding of user requirements had been obtained. A service-centered architecture was proposed to satisfy these user requirements. The proposed architecture consists mainly of information gathering, database management, and decision support services. The decision support services include situational overview, instant risk assessment, emergency response preplan, and disaster development prediction. Abstracting from the experience obtained while building this system, we outline a set of design principles in the general domain of information systems (IS) development for emergency management. These design principles form a contribution to the information systems literature because they provide guidance to developers who are aiming to support emergency response and the development of such systems that have not yet been adequately met by any existing types of IS. We are proud that the information platform developed was deployed in the real world and used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. © 2012 INFORMS

Topics: Emergency response, Fire safety, Olympic games, Situation-awareness oriented design, Participatory design, Action research, Integrated information platform
Publisher: © INFORMS
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1287/isre.1110.0387
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.lboro.ac.uk:2134/14820
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