The need for a digital aid framework in humanitarian relief

Jason Sargent, Katina Michael

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Humanitarian relief organizations are increasingly becoming reliant upon the use of Information Technology & Telecommunications (IT&T) for the distribution of aid to refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) throughout the world. Traditionally, basic telecommunications infrastructure like the public switch telephone network (PSTN) has been used to transmit important information but today humanitarian relief organizations are attempting to utilize emerging technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS) telephones and geographic information systems (GIS). For the greater part IT&T utilization by relief organizations has happened in an ad-hoc manner in response to specific events. This paper proposes the use of a complete end-to-end digital aid framework that will help humanitarian relief organizations respond better to crises. Preliminary findings indicate that web-based information delivery will play a pivotal role in the implementation of this framework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWMSCI 2005 - The 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
Pages326-332
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2005Jul 13 2005

Publication series

NameWMSCI 2005 - The 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings
Volume1

Other

Other9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, WMSCI 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/10/057/13/05

Keywords

  • Digital aid
  • Relief crises
  • Web-based information delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Sargent, J., & Michael, K. (2005). The need for a digital aid framework in humanitarian relief. In WMSCI 2005 - The 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings (pp. 326-332). (WMSCI 2005 - The 9th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Proceedings; Vol. 1).