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Event Management

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Classification and Description

Event classification affects availability of information for learning

  • Classifications trigger information processing routines that direct the decision maker's attention


Because a central goal of an event reporting system is consistency and uniformity of information, Classification and Description are important functions within the event management process. Assigning brief descriptions and/or codes to types of events and root causes helps simplify the process of collecting, organizing, searching, and interpreting the data. In addition, coding reduces the need for narrative description, which makes the data more manageable for computation and interpretation. But beware, because classifications may also determine what a reporter notices.



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