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Visualizing the Invisible

Application of Knowledge Domain Visualization to the Longstanding Problem of Disciplinary and Professional Conceptualization in Emergency and Disaster Management

by Joseph G. Martin III

09/26/2014

The status of emergency and disaster management (EDM) as an academic and professional discipline remains one of the field’s lingering, unresolved questions. A majority of the literature appears to support the claim that emergency management either is, or is in the process of becoming, a recognized academic and professional discipline. The claim’s key belief is that the field possesses a unique body of knowledge, an essential conceptual requirement for disciplinary status. This thesis examines the concept of professional/academic disciplines, as it relates to bodies of knowledge, and more specifically, the EDM body of knowledge. The technique of knowledge domain visualization (KDViz) using co-citation analysis is discussed. Analysis and visualization of the disaster literature is conduc...