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Created on Monday, 22 September 2014

COSMIC (Contribution of Social Media in Crisis management)

The COntribution of Social Media In Crisis management (COSMIC) project will identify the most effective ways to utilise new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in crisis situations for the protection of ordinary citizens.

It will ensure better linkages between prevention, detection, reporting and rescue in crisis situations as well as assist officials and first responders (i.e., police and law enforcement agencies, search and rescue and medical personnel) in using new ICTs and applications to be more effective and efficient during crises.

COSMIC will review information and communication needs, infrastructure bottlenecks, security priorities and major stakeholders associated with crisis situations, particularly those involved in search and rescue missions/operations, and the role of first responders in those situations. Second, the project will examine new ICTs and applications and their use (or misuse) in crisis situations. The project will also explore emerging ICTs and applications, and identify political, social and industrial challenges and opportunities arising from these. The consortium will develop scenarios that consider possibilities for their use in crisis situations by the public, officials and first responders.

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EPISECC (Establish pan-European information space to enhance security of citizens)

In a disaster situation three things contribute to a success: having the right resource available in the shortest time, with the highest relevance and at the right location.

Access to necessary information, communication with other rescuers and stakeholders as well as the availability of resources are key factors in minimizing damage and loss of life. Large scale disasters and crisis situations increase the requirements on man and material exponentially. Additional challenges, in particular in cross border events, include language barriers, knowhow and organizational barriers and technical barriers (communication and data exchange).

To address this challenge it will be necessary to analyse three defining factors:

  1. Past responses to critical events and disasters in terms of time and cost
  2. The data and data management tool used by crisis managers and first responders
  3. The organisational structures of the crisis managers and first responders

This analysis will enable the definition of a concept for a common information space. A requirement for a successful pan European information space is the definition of a common taxonomy. The common information space, which implies an EU wide standardization activity, will widen the EU wide market for organization developing solutions and tools for crisis management.

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FORTRESS (Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis)

The Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis (FORTRESS) project is a three year project that started in April 2014 and will end in March 2017. The aim of the project is to identify and understand cascading effects in crises by using evidence-based information from a range of previous crisis situations. Cascading effects in crises are frequently caused by the malfunctioning of systems, such as telecommunication, or human errors in disaster preparation and management. Interdependencies and connections between systems and actors play a large role in the development of cascading effects, which spread disruptions in complex ways, making them difficult to comprehend and deal with.

FORTRESS will build a modeling platform for cascading and cross-border effects in a range of crisis situations. This platform will feed into the development of an Incident Evolution Tool which can be used as a decision support tool in cascading crises.

FORTRESS has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607579. 

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PULSE (Platform for European Medical Support during major emergencies)

 PULSE is a Collaborative Research Project funded under the European Seventh Framework Programme – Theme SEC -2013.4.1-4: ”Development of decision support tools for improving preparedness and response of Health Services involved in emergency situations” (Grant agreement 607799). The PULSE consortium is comprised of seven partners from five European Countries, they are: Skytek Limited – Ireland (coordinator), Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) – Germany, Onest Solutions  – Romania, Trilateral Research Ltd – United Kingdom (Legal, Ethical, Privacy and Policy Issues Officer for the project), Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (UCSC ) – Italy, Selex ES (a Finmeccanica company)- Italy, and the Health Services Executive (HSE)/Inter Agency Emergency Management Office (IAEMO) – Ireland. PULSE aims to define, develop and validates a set of decision support tools to improve preparedness and response of European Health Services involved in emergency situations. The project began in May 2014 and ends in October 2016.

TACTIC (Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and Society to better prepare for a Crisis)

The Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and Society to better prepare for a Crisis (TACTIC) project aims to increase preparedness to large-scale and cross-border disasters amongst communities and societies in Europe. 

Throughout its two-year duration (May 2014 – April 2016), TACTICwill consider studies on risk perception and preparedness to develop a preparedness audit enabling communities to assess how prepared they are for different types of crises.

Additionally, TACTIC will focus on identifying and categorising good practices of communication and education practices for preparedness.

Adopting a collaborative approach to preparedness, the audit, communication and education practices will be discussed and analysed with stakeholders in a series of workshops as part of TACTIC’s case studies on four types of crises: terrorism, floods, epidemics, and earthquakes. Subsequently, a long-term learning framework for improving community preparedness to a range of crisis situations will be developed. All of TACTIC’s outputs will be presented in a web-based platform.

TACTIC has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608058.

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IMPRESS (Improving Preparedness and Response of Health Services in Major Crises)

IMPRESS will improve the efficiency of decision making in emergency health operations, which will have a direct impact on the quality of services provided to citizens. It will provide a consolidated concept of operations, to effectively manage medical resources, prepare and coordinate response activities, supported by a Decision Support System, using data from multiple heterogeneous sources. IMPRESSThe proposed solution will facilitate communication between Health Services (and Emergency Responders) at all levels of response and the crisis cycle with the necessary health care systems support, supervision and management of participating organizations. It will assist health services in becoming more proactive, better prepared and interoperable with other emergency response organizations.

Thus, medical emergency teams will be turned, using IMPRESS, into one coherent force. IMPRESS will catalyze a dramatic and durable impact in the way in which Health Services are provided in crisis situations, and will help improve the integration of health care actors and volunteers with other Crisis Management stakeholders, providing also an overall competitive advantage of CM-related SMEs and large businesses in Europe

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SECTOR (Secure European Common Information Space for the Interoperability of First Responders and Police Authorities)

The management of crisis is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. The ever growing human, economic and environmental losses due to natural and man-made disasters evidence the need for a systematic approach to the management of crisis. sectorwnapisie3A multi-disciplinary understanding and disaster risk management is required. In such situations, Collaborative Crisis Management (CCM) is usually coordinated by local authorities or dedicated civil protection organisations, supported by a variety of different national and international crisis management organisations, all acting relatively autonomously. The process is typically coordinated through periodic physical meetings of the involved organisations, in which information is shared about the situation, priorities are set and responsibilities allocated. Follow-up and execution of tasks is managed by each individual organisation, typically supported by a range of not interoperable information management tools, depending on the level of informatisation of the local or national crisis management systems.

SECTOR aims at establishing the foundations of future Common CCM Information Spaces by expanding the European scientific knowledge base on (cross-border) multi-agency CCM processes and the complications these imply when aiming at setting-up and design cross-border supporting information Systems.

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SECINCORE (Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory)

The overall objective of SecInCoRe (Secure Dynamic Cloud for Information, Communication and Resource Interoperability based on Pan-European Disaster Inventory) is to identify data sets, processes, information systems and business models used by first responders and Police authorities leading to a dynamic and secure cloud based ‘common information space’.

The main goals of SecInCoRe are:

  • A pan-European inventory of past critical events and disaster and their consequences focusing collaborative emergency operations and real-time decision making while taking ethics, law, social practices and privacy into account.
  • Understand ethical, legal and social issues and the regulatory environment, and the constraints and possibilities they imply for the use of pan European cloud based information management services.
  • Design of a secure, dynamic cloud based knowledge base and communication system concept including the ability to use emergency information by means of a trans-European communication infrastructure.

SecInCoRe applies dedicated measures to ensure that (a) future users understand the benefits of the new systems and (b) future users influence the design of the proposed SecInCoRe system and services (operative and technical) according to their evolving information needs.

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REDIRNET (Emergency Responder Data Interoperability Network)

REDIRNET will provide a decentralized framework for interoperability for first responders’ systems based on a public meta-data gateway controlled by the agencies themselves via a REDIRNET socio-professional web.ReDIRNET Agencies will be able link up to partner agencies of their choice and operational need; they will also be able to manage the scope of such interoperability. To help set up these link-up arrangements REDIRNET will be enhanced with semantic web methods in accordance with the vocabulary and processes of the user community. Inter-operating agencies will need only to develop one gateway (to REDIRNET) leading to a cost effective solution; agent technologies will also be developed to facilitate the integration of user systems into REDIRNET.

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UKeMED (Sharing Healtchare Knowledge)

UKeMEDUKeMED is a Knowledge Ecosystem Offering Innovative Collaborative Services to the Healthcare Community.

Through these Services the Global Healthcare Community can Share its Collective Expertise, Knowledge and Skills to Train Professionally, Work Together, Participate in Research and Serve the Patient Better.

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