Title: First extensive and cost-effective quality check of Crisis Maps: presentation of assessment parameters and results
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH vol. 6 no. Supplement 2 p. 50-66
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC66900
ISSN: 1753-8947
URI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17538947.2012.674563
DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2012.674563
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Crisis maps are becoming a widely used instrument for disaster management. Thousands of maps produced all over the world and big attention is payed by international institutions, such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Commission. The quality of crisis maps is a crucial element to ensure effectiveness in the disaster response chain, but it is often neglected with respect the need for a rapid delivery. In this paper a sample of last five years crisis maps produced by world leader providers has been evaluated through around forty parameters assessed by visual analysis and extracted from the validation protocol designed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The maps turned out to be in most cases clearly readable, but some gaps and inconsistencies have been singled out, due to the lack of international standard references. The results are analysed in detail and some remarks are presented.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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