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ISCRAM Summer School 2012 CFP

ISCRAM Summer School 2012 CFP

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5th ISCRAM Summer School on Humanitarian InformationManagementTilburg, August 15-24 2012 Application Deadline: April 2, 2012
2012 ISCRAM Summer School Call for Participants
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Objective
 The objective of the ISCRAM Summer School on Humanitarian Information Managementis to provide participants with an intense interactive learning experience on the use of information management in humanitarian crisis response. Lectures will introduce students toaspects of crisismapping, crowdsourcing, and the design, use and evaluation of informationsystems in humanitarian crisis response. The program of the Summer School consists of aweek of in-depth lectures, case workshops, dinner talks, as well as a great social program.All lectures are taught by experienced international experts in the areas of humanitarianinformation management, humanitarian action, disaster response, and information systems. Theparticipants work in small groups and interact with the lecturers throughout the Summer School.The language of the Summer School is English. Since its inception, more than 100 studentsfrom over 20 different countries and 40 lecturers from international universities andorganisations have participated in the Summer School. Previous editions of the ISCRAMSummer School were rated very highly by the participants. Lecture presentations, videos,pictures and comments from previous years can be found onhttp://www.iscramlive.org 
Organizers and Foundational Partners
 The 2012 ISCRAM Summer School is an initiative of the ISCRAM Association, an internationalnon-profit organization, formally established in Belgium in 2009, which aims to:Promote research and development, exchange of knowledge and deployment of information systems for crisis management. Both the social, technical and practicalaspects of all information- and communication systems used or to be used in all phasesof management (mitigating) of emergencies, disasters and crises are treated.Promote and facilitate cooperation between all parties involved in this domain, includingresearchers, practitioners and professionals, technical experts and other experts, policymakers, involved in the management or evaluation of emergency conditions, disastersand crises. For this 5th edition of the Summer School, the ISCRAM Association has partnered with selectedinternational organisations to further develop the international reach and impact of the summer school.The international partners of the ISCRAM Summer School areUN OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), the European Joint Research Center in Ispra (Italy), the Institute of Disaster Preventionin Beijing (China), theICT4Peace Foundation, and the Belgian First Aid and Support TeamB-FAST.
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The 2012 ISCRAM Summer School Program Directors are Dr. Paulo Goncalves(University of  Lugano, Switzerland) and Dr. Bartel Van de Walle(Tilburg University, the Netherlands).  Dr. Paulo GoncalvesDr. Bartel Van de Walle The 2012 edition of the Summer School is hosted by Tilburg University on its campus in Tilburg. 
Summer School Program
This year’s theme: The role of social media in response and relief 
 At the Summer School, we will discuss the role of social media in humanitarian crisis responseand relief. Social Media experts from academia and practice will provide their experiences andviews, looking back at recent humanitarian crises and reflecting on future use and impact.“Social media” are often identified with the communication tools that enable global socialinteraction: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and many others. Through the use of these socialmedia tools, especially over mobiles, individuals, regardless of organisational membership,location, or authority, can make information more easily accessible, hence allowing for unprecedented collaboration on a global scale. The apparent power of social media in recent humanitarian crises to mobilize people and createchange has attracted worldwide attention, if not admiration. This phenomenal impact attributedto social media however also increasingly meets criticism: was the role of social media reallythat critical, and if so, in what specific cases? Were social media really useful to, and used by,those who make humanitarian response decisions - and if so: do we have documented casesthat can be used for better understanding why?
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