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Establishing conversation spaces in hastily formed networks: the worst fire in modern Swedish history
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Media and Information Technology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8862-7331
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Software and Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Real-time Systems Laboratory)
2014 (English)In: Disasters. The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, ISSN 0361-3666, E-ISSN 1467-7717, Vol. 38, no 4, 790-807 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In presenting examples from the most extensive and demanding fire in modern Swedish history, this paper describes challenges facing hastily formed networks in exceptional situations. Two concepts that have been used in the analysis of the socio-technical systems that make up a response are conversation space and sensemaking. This paper argues that a framework designed to promote understanding of the sensemaking process must take into consideration the time at which as well as the location in which an individual is engaged in an event. In hastily formed networks, location is partly mediated through physical systems that form conversation spaces of players and their interaction practices. This paper identifies and discusses four challenges to the formation of shared conversation spaces. It is based on the case study of the 2006 Bodträskfors forest fire in Sweden and draws on the experiences of organised volunteers and firefighters who participated in a hastily formed network created to combat the fire. 

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 38, no 4, 790-807 p.
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conversation space, cooperation, crisis, hastily formed networks, sensemaking, socio-technical systems
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110603DOI: 10.1111/disa.12076ISI: 000342929800008PubMedID: 25196337OAI: diva2:747279
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-16 Last updated: 2014-11-17Bibliographically approved

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