"The need for information sharing is a growing concern for many agencies in the homeland security field. As communities struggle to prepare for and respond to major incidents, information sharing between agencies is vital. Fusion centers developed around the law enforcement community, which has led to an information-sharing network that is exclusive. Non-law enforcement agencies such as Fire, EMS and Public Health that are charged with preparing for and responding to major incidents need the exchange of information as well. This thesis identifies several components that affect knowledge transfer. The human elements of Relationships, Trust, Megacommunities, Governance, and Leadership form the basis for successful information sharing networks. On this base, the technical components of the information-sharing network such as Standard Operating Procedures, Technology Standards, and Interoperability can be built."
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