Jens Pottebaum

New deliverable D4.3: #CommonInformationSpace with Network Enabled Communication and Taxonomy

In May we published another deliverable detailing our Common Information Space concept: D4.3 This gathers three topics which are key contributors:

  • Taxonomy of used data sets, processes, information systems and ELSI
  • Network Enabled Communication (NEC) system concept
  • Secure Cloud services

A first draft of the taxonomy is presented in this document and the possibilities for connecting existing semantic approaches with SecInCoRe’s developments are reported in the deliverable. For the NEC, interoperability with PMR services based on 3GPP standard solution (MCPTT/MCData/MCVideo) is selected as a system architecture which will be the basis for future systems in the domain. An overview of how SecInCoRe services are cloudified by using a combination of these technologies is described, including the SecInCoRe User Interface within containers and the Semantic Framework within Virtual Machines.

The deliverable is available in the DELIVERABLES section of this web page.

Joined session at PSCE conference 2016

The SecInCoRe team contributed actively to the 14th Public Safety Communication (PSC) Europe Forum conference in Brussels on the 18th and 19th May 2016. Monika Büscher, Katrina Petersen (Lancaster University, leaders of WP2) and Lina Jasmoneite (project EPISECC) organised a full-day workshop on Ethical, Legal, Social Issues in Networked Information Exchange for PPDR, led by the notion of “How to Make IT Good?”. About 30 experts attended the workshop and discussed contributions for a corresponding whitepaper.

During the conference, SecInCoRe was part of a joined session on interoperability in emergency response. Besides contributions with regard to the Pan-European inventory and standardisation aspects, Jens Pottebaum presented a collaborative approach on taxonomy and semantic modelling. Delegates from across Europe (16 countries) participated, representing public safety stakeholders consisting of public safety communication end users, ministries, network operators, technology developers and research organisations. Three representatives from the European Commission were present, as well as a representative from the European Data Protection Supervisor.

The official press release and further links can be retrieved here: 14th PSCE conference – press release



SecInCoRe at 15th annual IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST ’16)

The 15th annual IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST ’16) was taking place from 10 -12 May in the greater Boston area. The symposium features presentations and discussions in the domains of Attack and Disaster Preparation, Biometrics & Forensics, Land and Maritime Border Security as well as Cyber Security. The SecInCoRe project was present with two contributions, introducing the concept of a common information space for collaborative emergency management and deriving the concept for a sustainable information storage for mission data and reports using unmanned autonomous systems. Details about the conference can be visited at

James Flavin is welcoming the participants and introducing the conference concept

James Flavin is welcoming the participants and introducing the conference concept

2nd Advisory Board workshop in Athens

The SecInCoRe team organised a second workshop with invited experts from several European countries. The workshop was structured along current research questions (mainly regarding Concept of Operations, use cases and sustainability concepts for a ‘Common Information Space’ concept) and the refugee crisis being one of the main SecInCoRe case studies (cp. deliverable D2.1).

A detailed report about this event will follow soon.

SecInCoRe Advisory Board workshop: Invited experts and the team after intense discussions about Common Information Space, inventory and technologies

SecInCoRe Advisory Board workshop: Invited experts and the team after intense discussions about Common Information Space, inventory and technologies

UPDATED deliverable: Overview of disaster events, crisis management models and stakeholders

SecInCoRe envisages an inventory of representative past disaster events. This inventory is documented in deliverable D2.1 entitled ‘Overview of disaster events, crisis management models and stakeholders’. After an early inventory of about 20 events we added two additional case studies: The Germanwings crash and the refugee crisis. The Germanwings crash was investigated in depth to understand Pan-European procedures and and structures engaging several organisations and authorities; the SecInCoRe team discussed ethical and legal issues based on this case study. In 2015 we added a case study based on the refugee crisis. Even though it is a complex crisis and does not comply to all charateristics of a disaster event, the team decided to include this study and dedicate specific efforts to this situation. See Deliverable page for details and download link.

1st review meeting: Successful end of the first project year

SecInCoRe after one year: The team built up a great team spirit, delivered all scheduled deliverables, published significant results in terms of deliverables and scientific publications (especially with a strong contribution at ISCRAM 2015) and now passed its first project review. In Sofia, where CloudSigma is running parts of their research and development business, the consortium presented outcomes and the current status. Besides presentations of all work packages, the team demonstrated main parts of the ‘Common Information Space’ concept by means of technology. More information will follow soon…

1st SecInCoRe review meeting in Sofia

1st SecInCoRe review meeting in Sofia

SecInCoRe @ ISCRAM 2015 in Kristiansand

The SecInCoRe project had a successful representation at the 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) 2015 in Kristiansand, Norway. Monika Büscher (Lancaster University) acted as one of the paper chairs and co-chaired a track on Ethical Legal and Social Issues, Jens Pottebaum co-chaired the track on Human Centered Design and Evaluation. As an outstanding actviity of the project, Katrina Petersen and Monika Büscher (both Lancaster University) organised a workshop entitled Technology in Disaster Response and Management: Narratives of Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues to reflect outcomes of the SecInCoRe project (see our latest deliverables, especially in WP2 here).

SecInCoRe @ Vodafone Innovation Days 2014

Seeking for on demand network setup integrated in the crisis management process within SecInCoRe, the TU Dortmund partner successfully presented two innovative solutions @ Vodafone innovation days on 4th and 5th November at the Vodafone Campus in Düsseldorf, Germany. The presented solutions enable process-oriented, secure, and reliable emergency group communication between rescue fighters at incident scenes, see CNI_Secincore_Vodafone slides. We thank Vodafone, Nokia, SmartMobileLabs, and our visitors for their collaboration and feedback.

For a German blog post about these components which will be part of the SecInCoRe system see also: Ein Fall für die Feuerwehr: Sichere Kommunikation im Katastrophenfall

Inspiring keynote by Monika Buscher and Sarah Becklake at The Values of Tourism conference on ‘Embodying Security, Solidarity, Freedom’

Monika Buscher and Sarah Becklake gave a keynote speech on ‘Embodying Security, Solidarity, Freedom’ at the Copenhagen Business School, at a Conference on The Values of Tourism (23rd Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research, October 1-4, 2014).

On the face of it, the ideas, experiences, and effects of disasters and tourism could not be further apart. However, disasters and tourism do not occupy different worlds. Disasters can, in a heartbeat, completely disrupt the tourist experience, devalue tourist locations or, as phenomena such as ‘dark tourism’ suggest, have the opposite effect, as even places of disaster can become sites of touristic pleasure (Pezzullo, 2010). But the connections between the two run deeper than their mutual (in)formation. As liminal journeys into the unknown, disasters and tourism both evoke heightened concern with bodily risk and insecurity and, thus, make way for extraordinary (dis)embodied securitization practices. While this is not new, technological innovations are facilitating new forms of securitization, many of which are not easily contained within conventionally conceived corporeal and spatio-temporal phenomenologies (Adey, 2009; Haldrup & Larsen, 2006; Molz, 2012). Furthermore, the informationalization of security in both contexts raises many problematic aspects often seen as involving a trade-off with values of privacy, freedom and justice. Through an examination of disaster and tourism insecurities, we explore how new technologically facilitated (dis)embodied securitization practices are achieved and experienced in moments of liminality, and highlight both their reflexive and subversive potential.

Creatively understood ‘vigilant visualities’ can involve a sense of touch (Amoore, 2007) and enable an embodiment of posthuman phenomenologies that can reclaim freedom, and enact relational ethics and a politics of justice (Boltanski, 1999; Sontag, 2002; Whatmore, 1997). Following this, by tracing examples ranging from the technologically facilitated (re)production of ‘safe bodies’ and ‘safe bubbles’ for tourist experience to the involvement of tourists in disaster response (Rossnagel & Junker, 2010; Schroeder, Pennington-Gray, Donohoe, & Kiousis, 2013; Sigala, 2011), we highlight the emergence of new ethical challenges and opportunities.

The presentation is available here:

Keywords: disaster mobilities, tourism mobilities, relational ethics, posthuman sociality

First public deliverable: Overview of Disaster Events, Crisis Management Models and Stakeholders

SecInCoRe started with an intense schedule to set the foundation for successful studies in the upcoming years. After three months of cooperation, the team submitted its first public deliverable – Deliverable D2.1 Overview of Disaster Events, Crisis Management Models and Stakeholders provides a first overview of disaster events, crisis management models, and stakeholders. The deliverable is available on the web site (see list of recent publications), feedback is more than welcome!

The work documented here begins to develop criteria for the kinds of disaster events that would be useful to include in a pan-European inventory that forms the basis for the design of a common information space and the kind of information about the disasters that should be incorporated. The aim is to assemble an initital list of categories, definitions and criteria for the production of a pan-European disaster inventory and to develop a deeper understanding of the context in which the SecInCoRe project is to make a productive, ethically, legally and socially circumspect, innovative and useful contribution to collaborative and cross-border disaster response. The insights, categories, and definitions for the inventory developed in this deliverable are produced through a mixed methods approach that combines literature reviews with reviews of existing disaster databases, analyses of disaster events, crisis management models and stakeholders undertaken by members of the project consortium in previous collaborative national and EU projects, and construction of a selective collection of reports about disaster events across Europe and relevant non-European disasters.

At the heart of the document is a series of 20 case studies structured by an information template we have designed based on a comparative analysis of the case studies, literature reviews and practitioner incident report sheets. The categories in this template capture a varying range of information about the disaster, including stakeholders, crisis management models, types of data used or needed, problems encountered, lessons learned and general overviews and timelines of past disaster responses. From these case studiescases and the literature reviews we have conducted, we have identified a set of core themes and insights into collaboration difficulties, communication problems, and information needs – especially inter-agency and cross-border response efforts in relation to major incidents, serious or catastrophic emergencies and disasters. These themes are discussed in relation to one another in chapter three, and they generate a first list of relevant factors to consider when developing a research programme for the Pan-European inventory of disaster events, including crisis management models and processes, information flows, stakeholders, business models and ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI). Drawing on the case studies as well as relevant academic literature, some key lessons learned and ELSI are identified so they can help structure the inventory design with a view to supporting the creation and use of common information spaces by practitioners, supported by advanced ICT, including the SecInCoRe secure dynamic cloud concept for information, communication and resource interoperability.

The document ends with a first conceptualization of potential shapes the SecInCoRe Pan-European inventory might take, who its users might be, and what modes of use they may bring to the inventory. There are four main ideas, ranging from a more qualitative database of past disasters to complement existing database resouces such as the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), the CAST project Database on Emergency Response Major Incidents (DERMI), the European Major Accident Reporting System (EMARS), ARIA: Lessons Learnt From Industrial Accidents and ZEMA Informationssystem zum Stand der Sicherheitstechnik (Information System about the Status of Safety Technology) to a community resource, gateway, and library of potentially useful information systems and data-sets. These concepts directly respond to the challenges, gaps and problems identified in this overview of disaster events, crisis management models, stakeholders and cross cutting ELSI. They are meant to contribute to the design of technological solutions and a conceptual integration of technologies that can support construction of common information spaces and enable first responders to cooperate more effectively, to mobilise and utilise relevant stakehoders and information dynamically and to practice situated and ‘just-in-time’ learning.

The work presented first of all provides input for the development of a Pan-European Inventory, including:

  • A first set of contents for the Pan-European Inventory along with criteria for what disasters and details will be useful to include in such an inventory
  • A deeper understanding of the user needs the inventory responds to, the socio-technical context into which the inventory should fit, and opportunities and challenges for its design and implementation that match these needs and contexts.

It also contributes to the other three high-level objectives of the project, by providing:

  • A baseline overview of current practices and current difficulties of establishing and utilising Common Information Spaces,
  • Insight regarding current (and future!) technological limitations, user needs, and affordances for Conceptual Integration of Available Technology
  • A first set of criteria to evaluate the usefulness of SecInCoRe socio-technical innovation as part of the Validation and Evaluation efforts in the project.