This community platform has been developed through a collaboration between a range of EU projects, the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University and the Public Safety Communications Europe Network.

The platform contains guidance for ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that can arise when managing and governing common information spaces for information sharing in disaster risk management. It specifically addresses situations of information technology supported collaboration in disaster planning and response and aims to serve as an evolving community resource. The ELSI Guidance offers advice on why specific issues are important to address by posing questions that encourage direct reflection of ELSI. On each issue, the platform provides guidance through summaries of research, lessons learnt, and examples of good practice derived from the disaster management community.

The ELSI Guidance is a living platform. The ELSI Guidance originates from a long-term collaboration between disaster management practitioners, technology developers, policy-makers, social scientists, and legal experts. The result is not a final product, but - we hope - the beginning of an ongoing process. While our team of researchers and practitioners set the groundwork for it and its growth, the platform is also intended to be built upon the work of those involved in managing and governing common information spaces for information sharing in disaster risk management. Please feel free to comment and contribute through the mechanisms provided. 


What people say about us

“I like very much the list (of ELSI) and the explanations. Because usually you try to find all these theorems/theories (?) and you can’t find them. This is very good.” (Tsekeridou)

“We started using the [Inspire] portal from the angle of visualising, [visualising] which members are going to the portal and which data they are using ... So, now, learning [about the ELSI Guidance] throughout the day, we might maybe start thinking about putting, you know, some regulations [like these ones]…” [Robert Tomas, INSPIRE]

“Personally when I am designing my CIS what I would do, I would read the entire Guidance and cross check what I have in my head and check if I am missing something. I would validate my ideas using this. And if I see something that you are missing, because we also having ethical issues, I would provide you with an example. So it works both ways to validate.” [Toni Staykova, ConCORDE]

“I think it is more about the questions which we direct to this rather than the guideline itself. So, Privacy is not important I think as a guideline in itself but the questions behind it [are]. So, to what extent should you cover privacy in the system? That’s more important than the guideline itself. So you can base your design on the guidance. I think that’s the important part.” [Anonymous] [responding to a question on whether the Guidance is necessary]

“Absolutely. It brings consistency to the approach from the part of the owners and all the stakeholders. So it would weight your authority to make these demands. Absolutely.” [Finian Joyce]

“I think it [the ELSI Guidance platform] has a lot of potential because it can take different parameters so it always depends on what is the incident [so it can be tailored to the incident] because in different incidents you have different factors.” [Emma Kollatou, PSCE]