Lets be honest, few of us knew that 2010 would be such an exciting year with snow-chaos in Sweden, volcano-ash paralysis in Europe and several devastating disasters around the world.
A good guess is that 2011 will be no different. We will be surprised by sudden events that require rapid response operations in areas we could not even imagine.
From a research point of view, I hope that we in the research community will become better in conducting rapid research studies to learn more about the complexities and challenges in the early phases of response operations.
I also hope that we will do better in studying response work that takes place when all the media houses and high-profile NGOs has left the disaster areas. It seems that there are many things yet to learn about long-term response work. Perhaps will the ISCRAM 2011 conference in Lisbon, Portugal shed new light on this.
I am really looking forward to the annual ISCRAM conference. This year, I also hope that we will host a mobile video workshop at the conference to explore how mobile video could be used in a variety of response settings.
I wish you all a happy new year!
2011 will be a tough year with lots of exciting research.