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New publication highlights the critical role of libraries and telecenters in emergency management

by , Tuesday February 28th, 2012

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New publication highlights the critical role of libraries and telecenters in emergency management

Two years ago — on February 27, 2010 — a massive earthquake struck Chile, followed by a tsunami that devastated several coastal communities. Libraries and telecenters played an important and unexpected role in responding to the crisis, helping to restore communication and promote recovery. Produced in partnership with the Assocacion de Telecentros Activos de Chile (ATACH), the Technology & Social Change Group’s latest series of publications on Global Impact Study related research project — Disaster response in Chile: The critical role of libraries and telecenters — examines post-disaster information and communication needs, services provided by libraries and telecenters, response times, and factors contributing to successes and shortfalls. It also provides recommendations to improve emergency planning efforts.

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Fieldwork in Chile begins for public access ICT in disaster research

by , Tuesday March 29th, 2011

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Fieldwork in Chile begins for public access ICT in disaster research

TASCHA researchers, Maria Garrido and Beth Patin, visited Chile in February to participate in fieldwork for their study investigating the role of telecentres and public libraries in disaster management. The visit included focus groups with public access venue users and staff, interviews with government officials, and visits to telecentres and public libraries affected by the 2010 earthquake and tsunami. Maria, Beth, and their partners from ATACH made many interesting preliminary observations about how these public access venues adapted and responded to local community needs following the disaster.

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Research team uses Global Impact Study inventory tools in Mozambique

by , Thursday March 10th, 2011

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A research project focusing on community multimedia centres in Mozambique, RE-ACT, has adopted the Global Impact Study's inventory data collection tools to build a list of public access ICT venues in the country. The project is led by Isabella Rega, who spent some time with TASCHA in September 2010 as a visiting scholar. Araba Sey recently visited some of the project's researchers in Mozambique while doing field visits in Africa.

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Public access ICT in disaster management

by , Thursday December 23rd, 2010

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It is becoming clear through recent research that public access ICT venues can play an important role in various crisis situations. As a contribution to the growing field of crisis informatics, we are pleased to announce our partnership with a related research study, The Role of Public Internet Access Venues in Disaster Management and Prevention: The Case of the 2010 Earthquake in Chile. Exploring the experiences of public access ICT venues in Chile after the 2010 earthquake, this study aims to identify findings that could help in other settings. Exploring the experiences of public access ICT venues in Chile after the 2010 earthquake, this study aims to identify findings that could help in other settings.

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