1 Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Computer Science, Science and Technology, Aarhus University3 Department of Computer Science, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
In this paper, we briefly describe how emergency response in major incidents typically is carried out, in terms of division of work, collaboration and use of technologies. We then describe two prototypes we are developing, meant to support those who act in emergency response. Use of these prototypes form what can be termed as media spaces - but rise questions to the traditional understanding of the media space concept - since the emergency response media spaces are not ‘set up' in predefined physical settings, do allow use of a range of (not necessarily predefined) media, and the people in the media space cannot be defined as a limited group of users. We also rise questions to the formality of communication, where we see the communication going on in emergency response, as a mix of formal and informal communication.