Many people in the ISCRAM community design and/or build information systems. Either as research prototypes, or for real world applications. The final results are sometimes presented in ISCRAM conferences, but we usually don’t share our experience with the tools, languages, libraries, off-the-shelf components and services that were used to create these systems.
In this interactive track, authors are invited to share their experiences with a specific tool (library/service/framework etc.) that they used to build (a part of) an information system for crisis response and management.
Papers submitted to this track do not follow the standard research paper format. In this track we do not just want to hear about interesting tools but want to provide an opportunity to try them out. Tool talks will therefore have a mandatory practical component. During the conference, accepted papers will get a 45-minute time slot. This time is divided into three parts: A short 10-minute talk about the author’s experience with the tool, 5 minutes for questions and then a 30-minute lab-session in which participants can do one or multiple introductory exercises.
Papers have to include at least the following: A section describing the experience with the tool in the context of a crisis management related system. A motivation of why the authors believe the tool could be relevant for other researchers or designers. A section with exercises and instructions.
Submissions will be reviewed for relevance, clarity, and feasibility of the exercises.
Because of the longer time-slots and interactive component there can be only one or two talks in a session. Because of the practical element, the track would ideally be scheduled as the last session of a day. This will allow enthusiastic participants to continue working on the exercises after the session.
We welcome contributions from author’s who are either regular users of the presented tool, or who are the developers/vendors of the tool. Presented tools should be publicly available to try out. For proprietary tools this means there must be a free trial version.
The following topics are examples of tools that would be candidates for tool talks:
– A GIS library for integrating maps in an information system
– A tool for collecting and indexing large numbers of tweets
– A publish/subscribe framework to create real-time operating pictures
– A mesh-network library to create networked applications that don’t rely on infrastructure