The OASIS Project addresses the Strategic objective, "Improving Risk Management", of the second call for tender of the European Commission FP6 Information Society Technologies program.

The objective of OASIS is to define and develop an Information Technology framework based on an open and flexible architecture and using standards, existing or proposed by OASIS, that will be the basis of a European Disaster and Emergency Management system.

OASIS is intended to facilitate the cooperation between the information systems used by civil protection organisations, in a local, regional, national or international environment.
This Disaster and Emergency Management system aims to support the response operations in the case of large scale as well as local emergencies.

OASIS provides within this framework an initial set of applications which cover the main needs that are identified by the end-users.

Clear situation awareness is a key factor for the effectiveness of disaster and emergency operations. It is based on the compilation of information collected from the different teams of responders. The building of such a picture relies on exchanging information.

In order to facilitate these exchanges, the Consortium has defined a "standard instrument" which carries the description of the situation between systems.
The Tactical Situation Object (TSO) describes the event, the resources engaged, and the tasks in progress precisely and unambiguously.

OASIS is a four years project that started on 1 September 2004.
2 versions of the pre-operational system are evaluated by users within emergency services of different EU countries:

• the first version in September 2006 in the context of exercises in the area of the partners premises,
• the second version at the beginning of 2008 in the frame of in the field exercises.

For more information on the project and its outcomes go to the "OASIS Project website".