Interoperability and Sharing in Emergency Management

Emergency management is a collective outcome built on the particular responsibilities of a multitude of agencies, whether central or local government, private sector or academic. While each of these may have their own organisational culture, they need to share their information in a consistent and defined manner. This workshop presents how New Zealand has started this process, the challenges, where it is today, and what still needs to happen. It will describe some of the benefits that have already accrued, and outline what is needed to keep up the momentum. Workshop attendees will leave with an understanding of how New Zealand is building a data community for emergency management, and will hear from their fellow participants how things are done in other parts of the world.


Workshop Scope:

  • Defining critical information requirements
  • Best practice data sharing
  • Common Alerting Protocol and alert severity
  • Geospatial technologies for visualisation, analysis and planning


Main Objectives:

  • To leave participants with ideas for prioritising their own information management
  • To affirm the importance of standards for data collection and sharing, and how a practical example of this operates in New Zealand
  • To describe how New Zealand is driving a common understanding of critical information visualisation using geospatial technologies in the emergency management sector

Workshop Facilitators

Kevin Fenaughty

Kevin Fenaughty

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management(MCDEM), New Zealand

simon chambers

Simon Chambers

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management(MCDEM), New Zealand

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Anna Mason

Ministry of Civil Defence & emergency Management(MCDEM), New Zealand

Rowan Wallace

Rowan Wallace

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group