iNowit, Linked Data as a Key Element for Innovation in Emergency Response
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  Bart van Leeuwen   Bart van Leeuwen


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM

Level:  All - General Audience

In the Netherlands, the safety regions together with the national police are responsible for small and large scale emergency response. In 2013 the dutch 'safety board', responsible for the safety regions, commissioned the iNowit project to boost innovation for information management in both incident situations and day to day operations. One of the key components is using linked data as a way to exchange formal definitions and as a data integration platform. Netage was involved in 2 initiatives under the iNowit project which we want to share with the audience

Firebrary, the initiative mentioned in various places together with our work finally got funding through this project. To build the firebrary we connected several known open source tools to with each other. VocBench, Open Sesame and Wordpress. Additionally we created a OSLC based API to give vendors a way to programmatically access the definitions.

Employee Reference Information, one of the well known issues in the day to day operations in safety regions is the scattered collection of employee reference information as well as definitions about functions types.. Based on the European Joinup initiative and W3C GLD work we started to create a linked data based model where we use the Firebrary as reference for function types and again OSLC based protocols to manage the life cycle of this information.

Bart van Leeuwen combines his 20 years fire fighting experience with 21 years of netage ownership. This combination allows him to highlight a new perspective on operational information delivery and data usage in the fire service.

With the ever larger amount of available data and changes in tactical approaches to fire fighting, new and fresh thinking is needed. As an "outside the box" thinker, he helps fire departments to approach their information problems in a different way. In this process, technology is not the answer; its an enabler and should be treated as such.

Currently he leads an innovation project where proven information management technology is combined with new paradigms, like semantic web technology, to deal with information flows in a smarter and agile way.

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