University of Hertfordshire

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A design patterns catalog for web-based emergency management systems

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement of the Interconnected World - ItAIS
Subtitle of host publicationThe Italian Association for Information Systems
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783790824032
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event6th Conference of the Italian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems, ItAIS 2009 - Olbia, Italy
Duration: 2 Oct 20093 Oct 2009


Conference6th Conference of the Italian Chapter of the Association for Information Systems, ItAIS 2009


The design of domain specific information systems, like Emergency Management Systems, has to rely on the participation of experts with different backgrounds. Such multi-disciplinary process is often characterized by misunderstandings and communication problems. In this context, design patterns might be a useful tool to communicate ideas since patterns collect solutions to recurrent problems in a domain using a language that should be understandable by a general audience with no technical knowledge. In this paper we introduce a catalog of design patterns for Web-based Emergency Management Systems (WEMS). We have used three sources to find out patterns: design principles for WEMS, existing WEMS and design patterns from related design areas including interaction, ubiquitous computing or security. Furthermore, the catalog is deployed as a collaborative web application so that designers can navigate through the patterns space but they can also make the collection grow adding their own expertise.

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