In case you weren't aware of what went on the last week or two, deep in Thailand's caves--A Thai football team was trapped down inside a cave. Although the rescue was ultimately a success, Juliana Sutanto (A Professor of Information Systems at Lancaster University) brings to light an often overlooked aspect of situations such as this one. Are we learning from this? More importantly, is Thailand learning from this. According to Sutanto's own research, Thailand's lack of documenting such accidents could be getting in the way of progress toward a or efficient plan of action.
Here's an excerpt from Sutanto's own article on the topic from Yahoo.com
Thankfully in this case there was a positive outcome. But my research – which involves examining emergency planning in South-East Asian countries – has revealed that there is a distinct lack of record keeping when it comes to such rescues.
She goes on to discuss how difficult it is for rescue teams to 'learn' from past rescue missions from all over. They're basically having to resort to google searches and word of mouth. As handy as google is, it's still not a very efficient, or necessarily detailed way to gather this sort of information. Here's Sutuanto on how archiving rescue mission research data isn't practiced the way it should be in South-East Asia:
Poor archiving of data is a problem in most countries in South-East Asia. The knowledge of rescue plans and operations stay with the individuals involved. Usually, there is little to no effort to store this knowledge as there are no information systems available for storing historical incidents and responses in a systematic and structured way.
The article then goes into further detail about the historical data on situations as these, and how 'keep away' or 'do not enter' signs aren't enough to deter potential thrill seekers. For the complete article from Professor Juilana Sutanto, click here.