Sharing your view: A distributed user interface approach for reviewing emergency plans
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Emergency planning is an ongoing activity in which a multidisciplinary group of experts intermittently collaborate to define the most appropriate response to risks. One of the most important tasks of emergency planning is the review of plans as a way of maintaining, refining, and improving them. This review of plans is based on exchanging knowledge and experiences in order to take into account different perspectives and generate alternative solutions. An exploratory case study carried out within municipal organizations has disclosed how the application of rigid plan reviewing practices hinders team creativity and, consequently, effective decision-making. This paper presents a computer-based collaborative environment aimed at supporting unstructured team discussion during the post-hoc review of emergency plan. This collaborative environment allows emergency planning team members to share their view in a free manner by interacting with user interface components distributed across several input and output dimensions. The usage of the environment has proved how the application of new interactive technologies can create more dynamic work settings, fostering team creativity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
creativity; distributed user interfaces; emergency planning; team collaboration; collaborative environments; creativity; distributed user interfaces; emergency planning; exploratory case studies; multi-disciplinary groups; team collaboration; user interface components; knowledge management; medical applications