2006. Website abstract bibtex
Technological advances in both distributed cooperative work and web-map services have the potential to supportdistributed and collaborative time-critical decision-making for crisis response. We address this potential through thetheoretical perspective of distributed cognition and apply this perspective to development of a geocollaborationenabledweb application that supports coordinated crisis management activities. An underlying goal of our overallresearch program is to understand how distributed cognition operates across groups working to develop bothawareness of the geographic situation within which events unfold, and insights about the processes that have lead tothat geographic situation over time. In this paper, we present our preliminary research on a web application thataddresses these issues. Specifically, the application (key parts of which are implemented) enables online,asynchronous, map-based interaction between actors, thus supporting distributed spatial and temporal cognition,and, more specifically, situational awareness and subsequent action in the context of humanitarian disaster reliefefforts.