The Clearinghouse Concept - A Model for Geospatial Data Centralization and Dissemination in a Disaster

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Dr.. John Pine, Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The disaster clearinghouse concept originates with the earthquake community as an effort to coordinate research and data collection activities. Though prior earthquake clearinghouses are small in comparison to what was needed in response to Hurricane Katrina, these seminal structures are germane to the establishment of our current model. On 3 September 2005, five days after Katrina wrought cataclysmic destruction along the Gulf Coast, FEMA and Louisiana State University personnel met to establish the LSU GIS Clearinghouse Cooperative (LGCC),a resource for centralization and dissemination of geospatial information related to Hurricane Katrina. Since its inception, the LGCC has developed into a working model for organization, dissemination, archiving and research regarding geospatial information in a disaster. This article outlines the formation of the LGCC, issues of data organization, and methods of data dissemination and archiving with an eye towards implementing the clearinghouse model as a standard resource for addressing geospatial data needs in disaster research and management.

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Warren Mills, J., Curtis, A., Pine, J. C., Kennedy, B., Jones, F., Ramani, R., & Bausch, D. (2008). The clearinghouse concept: a model for geospatial data centralization and dissemination in a disaster. Disasters, 32(3), 467-479. [ISSN: 0361-3666] The version of record is published by Wiley and can be accessed at
Language: English
Date: 2008

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