Friday 5th April, 2013
5:00pm to 5:45pm
Where would you go for critical information in a crisis/disaster? Would you trust the information you found? Crises/ disasters usually precipitate an increase in communication and present complex information environments. This talk explores some of the socio-cultural challenges in the emerging area of crisis informatics. Questions considered are: when disaster strikes how does the unregulated nature of social media affect information creation and dissemination? how can this influence system design?
Evening Keynote Speaker
Dr. Chris Hagar is a full-time faculty member at the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University in California. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of crisis informatics and community informatics. Her research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises, disaster health information, and roles for librarians and information professionals in crisis preparedness and response. In 2012, she published Crisis Information Management: Communication and Technologies, a collection of perspectives from international professionals tackling issues of crisis preparedness, response, and recovery.
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