Evaluating Platforms for Community Sensemaking: Using the Case of the Kenyan Elections

Vittorio Nespeca, Kenny Meesters, Tina Comes

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The profusion of information technology has created new possibilities for local communities to self-organize and respond to disruptive events. Along with the opportunities, there is also a series of challenges that need to be addressed in order to improve societal resilience. One of these challenges is to make sense of the continuous stream of information to create a coherent understanding and improve coordination. The research presented in this paper focuses on the socio-technical requirements of IT platforms that support sensemaking and coordination. Using a comprehensive evaluation exercise based on real data from the 2017 Kenyan elections, we examine the development, workflows and use of this shared situational awareness in a group decision making process. In this manner, we identify requirements for resilience platforms and identify further research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th ISCRAM Conference
EditorsKees Boersma, Brian Tomaszewski
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event 15th ISCRAM Conference: International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management - Rochester, United States
Duration: 20 May 201823 May 2018
Conference number: 15


Conference 15th ISCRAM Conference
Abbreviated titleISCRAM 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Sensemaking
  • community engagement
  • evaluation
  • resilience
  • requirements


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