Better data boosts crisis management
Ensuring that operational units have access to information on available resources, who owns them, and their location, capacity and availability will be crucial in an emergency.
The shared resource information repository (SRIR) contains information on facilities which allows incident response teams to search them out for use as and when required.
Data include whether a resource is owned and maintained by its owner or by the people who use it on a daily basis – government agencies, voluntary or public-sector organisations, or private enterprises.
Questions about the SRIR or suggestions concerning sources can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter: Nyhetsbrev Felles ressursregister.pdf (in Norwegian only)
See the standard agreement for resource owners and users (PDF – in Norwegian only)
No such repository exists in Norway today. Each operational unit has its own list of the resources available to it when needed. Maintaining such information is time-consuming, and poses a big risk of data quality deteriorating over time.
Given that responses by operational units are critical for society, it is extremely important that base data are accurate and updated when resources are needed. This requirement is now being addressed by the SRIR project.
How it works
If an organisation links with the SRIR, it will become part of the system with access through a web application – “My Page” in the diagram below – or via a machine interface with its own system.
It can then maintain information about the resources it registers in the system. A resource user can also gain access to data entered by other participants.
What information a resource user can see is governed by a forum established between it and the owner of the facilities. Such collaboration could involve, for example:
- what data the owner wants to share with other parties
- what data about resources held by others does the user want access to
- how often does the user want the owner to validate the information it subscribes to.
The diagram below provides an overview of the way the solution functions. (Diagram text in Norwegian)
A resource owner who wants to use a web interface to maintain its data is illustrated at top left. It also collaborates with both resource users illustrated at top right, so they can subscribe to its data.
An alternative way of making information on own resources available is shown at bottom left. The resource owner registers the data in its own local system, which then pushes them to the SRIR through a machine interface.
Similarly, the resource users on the right can opt to maintain their data via the web interface or their own technical system. An example is also illustrated at top right where the SRIR pushes data out to one of the user’s own registers. That allows the user to read out updated information from its local register.
The SRIR has been initiated and financed by the government through the BarentsWatch project. This is a collaboration between a number of official agencies and research institutions, with the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) as the host body.
Development of the SRIR solution is being pursued in close collaboration with Spora Steria AS and a number of resource owners and users.
The SRIR will ensure that operational agencies with responsibility for life, health, the environment and material assets can quickly identify the resources they require.
Allowing information on resources to be shared between different authorities and organisations will make them better equipped to do their job.
The repository will also enhance quality by allowing resource owners themselves to update information on their facilities. That will make agencies better equipped to protect life, health, the environment and property.
Standard agreement for resource owners and users (PDF – in Norwegian only).
For more information, contact Dagfinn Terning.