9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN08 Disaster and Social Crisis

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Disaster and Social Crisis and RN24 Science and Technology Building AA, Auditorio Afonso de Barros

Towards Ontological Empiricism in Crisis Management Training

Technical advances in system integration and sensor technology have enabled data collection during training to an extent not previously attainable. Understanding the role that system integration plays in the crisis management training of the traditional actors of societal security, namely the ?blue light? services, health services, and local government will enable a more meaningful approach to agent-based situated learning.
Building upon the evolution of system integration from application-centric to information-centric integration and current trends of miniaturisation and modularisation in sensor technology, this paper will suggest possible applications for practitioners and academia. From a practitioners point of view information-centric system integration will enable training exercises hitherto impossible. Not only could information-centric integration enable cheaper, more scalable, faster delivery of, and more controllable collaborative exercises for crisis managers, but it could help extend the scope of analysis of collaborative exercises at operational levels as well.
Having limited the scope of societal security concerns to incidents and crises that may disrupt political autonomy and training to collaborative exercises, this paper will be a policy recommendation that builds upon an example from a DSB tender in Norway.
This paper will recommend a policy that should be followed by governments and private sector organisations that seek to conduct collaborative training exercises internationally and across the blue-light agencies, local government and health services. The implementation of such a policy would require university, industry, and government interaction; might require public-private partnerships; would be grounded in the securitisation of training; and would revolutionise the data-collection and analysis of such exercises.
This policy will focus more on the role played by system integration technology in crisis management training but recommends that certain sensor technologies be incorporated in training exercises. Apart from answering the demand from governments for ontological empiricism in collaborative exercises, the implementation of such a policy might enable lab conditions for the testing of crisis management theories.