operability and data-sharing challenges may not be amenable to technical solutions alone—or at all.
Chapter 2 builds on the discussion in this chapter to outline a vision of the potential for IT to improve the effectiveness of disaster management in all its phases. The vision encompasses six areas of IT-enabled capabilities identified by the committee as having particularly significant potential. Chapter 3 examines mechanisms for focusing IT research and development on disasters and disaster management in a way that reflects disaster research and the experience of practitioners. It also explores mechanisms for improving the transfer and adoption of IT into practice. Chapter 4 sketches a potential IT research agenda based on the vision elaborated in Chapter 2 and driven by the mechanisms described in Chapter 3.