The SmartHelm project aims at the development of an attention-sensitive bicycle helmet, which should support employees in inner-city bicycle logistics in their working process. In order to bring this rather futuristic topic closer to the interested public, the project partners answered questions of citizens in an interactive panel discussion. The hybrid event under the title “Cargo bike logistics 2.0 - project SmartHelm” was conducted both physically on site at the local Oldenburg television channel O1 in combination with digitally connected speakers and citizens.
In their short presentations, the SmartHelm experts discussed the current development status of the project which is funded by the mFUND program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure BMVI since November 2019. Project coordinator Dr. Kristian Schopka (RYTLE GmbH) and Sebastian Pust (CITIPOST Nordwest) highlighted the potential of bicycle logistics for cities and the relevance of the intelligent bike helmet in this context. Dr. Stefan Baumgart (TeamViewer) and Urban Plangger (UVEX), who were both connected digitally to the discussion round, explained the technical perspectives of the helmet in an understandable way. On the one hand, the presentation focused on the application potentials of smart glasses and examples of visualizations in the display while driving and in the delivery process. On the other hand, UVEX informed about the helmet development in detail - the integration of the data glasses and the EEG electrodes for measuring the awareness levels presented particular challenges.
In addition to the practical perspective, the participating universities also presented the research aspects in the SmartHelm project. Professor Tanja Schultz from the Cognitive Systems Lab (University of Bremen) outlined the particular challenges in the previous data collection, which so far limited to internal tests at the University campus in Bremen. The number and position of the electrodes, which can slip out of position when cycling, play a key role in the comfort when wearing a helmet. People with very short hair are in principle less suitable for the EEG measurement. Since different people react differently to distractions, many different participants in the studies are also required in order to be able to achieve meaningful findings. On behalf of Prof. Jorge Marx Gómez, Johannes Schering from the Department of Business Informatics VLBA (University of Oldenburg) introduced the potential of the SmartHelmet data for improving bicycle logistics and the bicycle infrastructure. The VLBA has developed a data management platform in the project and will evaluate the data from the studies with regard to distraction factors. The results could, for example, be applied to the bicycle infrastructure in Oldenburg in order to improve road safety at problem areas, for example at intersections or main roads.
In the discussion, which was moderated by Jürgen Boese, the citizens had the opportunity to ask questions about the SmartHelmet. Many new ideas for the development of a possible SmartHelm 2.0 were collected at this point. For example, personalized speech recognition could prevent manipulation by non-participants as pedestrians in the city. In addition, it should be possible to enter temporary road closures or other obstructions by the voice integrated voice control so that other cargo bike riders can receive appropriate information. Other topics as theft protection, monitoring of the bicycle infrastructure and employees rights were also discussed intensively. As a survey among the participants showed, many residents of the city of Oldenburg receive regular parcel deliveries, but this has not happened very often by cargo bike delivery. That means that there will be many new applications for cargo bikes and intelligent helmets in the inner city delivery process in the future. The research project is planning to test the SmartHelm from August 2021 during the parcel delivery of project partner CITIPOST Nordwest in real road traffic in Oldenburg in order to be able to better assess the potential and application possibilities of the helmet in logistics.
SmartHelm would like to thank the interested citizens for the fruitful input and the O1 television channel, the Oldenburg energy cluster OLEC, which made the event online accessible to the citizens via Zoom as a video conference, as well as the City of Oldenburg for organizing the interactive format. The recording of the SmartHelm citizen science event can be watched on YouTube.
In the interactive panel discussion, the experts from Oldenburg and Bremen answered questions from citizens regarding the potential of an intelligent helmet for bicycle logistics. Source: O1 (YouTube).
In the scope of the Erasmus+ Project MORALE - Capacity Building for Curricula Modernization of Syria and Lebanese HEIs and Lifelong Learning Provisions: Towards Sustainable NGO Management and Operation with Special Focus on Refugees, VLBA organized a Training of Trainers Module from the 13th to 15th of July.
Academic staff from Syrian and Lebanese Universities, as well as NGO Employees from the region received training in the scope of Soft Skills. The training materials were specifically designed for the region and covered the topics Critical Thinking, Unconcious Bias, Leadership, Time Management und Public Speaking.
The training materials, which followed a self-learning approach, were developed within the VLBA Erasmus+ Project FREE- Female Academic Role Model Empowerment, Equality and Sustainability at Universities in Mediterranean Region: Toward 2030 Agenda.
This way, the training series connected both Erasmus+ Projects and forms a starting point for fruitful future cooperation in the areas of Female Empowerment and Sustainable NGO Management in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
For further information please consult the project websites:
Based on the research projects DigiSchwein (Cross Innovation and Digitization of pig farms) and NEMo (Sustainable satisfaction of mobility demands in rural regions) Oldenburg University (Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez, Business Informatics) organized a workshop (held on 25th June 2021) discussing the topics: implementation in practice, further solution approaches, from prototypical implementations to real business models, technical further developments and decision support. Participants were representatives from political, research and industry.
The InnovationCampus is the second location of the IHJO-project. Interested representatives of regional companies and institutions, start-ups and university members can get support on issues related to the transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology. In addition to workshops and networking events, the campus offers rooms and modern infrastructure to develop digital and mechanical prototypes.
On June 15, a virtual tour of the campus-based metal workshop and digital lab took place as part of the nationwide Digital Day. During the event, participants received an overview of the prototyping possibilities at the site and were able to exchange ideas with the staff of the subprojects.
Further information on the InnovationCampus and the InnovationLab digital can be found at https://ihjo.de/innovationscampus/.
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On June 4th, 2021, Dipl.-Inf. Ammar Alsous successfully defended his dissertation with the title "QoS-Aware Backup Model for Cloud SDN Using Feedforward Neural Networks". The Department of Information Systems VLBA and the OFFIS institute congratulate him.
In the frame of the conference "The International Virtual Workshop on Business Analytics, Eureka 2021" Prof. Dr. Jorge Marx Gómez gave a keynote presentation entitled "Implication of Machine Learning on Data Management in Companies".
Further information about the eureka network and the conference is given under:
The partners of the interdisciplinary BITS project - Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems - recently met up digitally to discuss about the next working steps. As part of the 7th Steering Group Meeting, the European regions and Baron Mobility from Oldenburg presented their current running or planned activities on smart cycling applications. Among these, the province of Antwerp will repeat the detection of critical situations (near accidents) at a dangerous intersection based on an intelligent 3D camera system in autumn in order to assess whether cycling safety has improved on site. In September 2019, first experiences with this measurement technology were gained at an intersection in Puurs in the provincial area. The related results of the data analysis of the VLBA student project group Bicycle Data can be found at www.bicycle-data.de.
The CyclingDataHub (CDH), a European portal for open bicycle data and the key deliverable of the BITS project, was officially launched in April. Already 135 data sets were shared by internal and external stakeholders and are open available to the general public. In this context, suitable formats and metadata were also discussed intensively as part of the internal meeting. The VLBA is currently working on the further development of the Bicycle Data website, which will provide a lot of European bicycle data sets to the CDH, and on the improvement of the included Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on bicycle use and cycling safety in European cities.
Another discussion topic was the question of whether and how the internal project meetings could be conducted at least partially in presence again in the future. The next project meeting could be conducted in Oldenburg in October 2021 as a hybrid event, what means that participation both in presence and via video online call could be possible, if the further course of the pandemic permits that.
The CyclingDataHub was a central point of discussion of the BITS Steering Group Meeting.
On 18.05.2021 the company workshop was successfully carried out.The PUUK portal is a demand-oriented environmental information portal, on which citizens of municipalities as well as companies can view collected environmental information. Its development takes place in the context of the PUUK project (www.puuk-projekt.de), which was initiated by the working group "Sustainable Environmental Policy and Digital Change" of the eighth government commission of Lower Saxony and is demanded by the DBU. In the company workshop 19 participants took part, in order to talk together with the PUUK team about the supply of environmental information and to create new improvements, processes with the environmental portal PUUK.
The workshop lasted 90 min in total and included two topics.
- Provision of information - status quo
- New approaches with PUUK
Within these topics, different issues were discussed. In summary, the discussion was intended to examine existing solutions so that they can be further built upon, and to discuss new ideas and processes together so that new functionalities could be derived from the workshop.
A strong focus of the NEMo research project was on the question of how citizens can resolve mobility supply bottlenecks in rural areas and become mobility providers by themselves. In order to maintain the dialogue with the public in this context, the Schlaues Haus Oldenburg recently organized an online-based discussion evening under the topic “What contribution can mobility platforms make to improving mobility?”. In addition to the presentation of the central results of NEMo, the general public had the opportunity to discuss future development scenarios for mobility with the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research project. In their talk, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez and project team member Johannes Schering made very clear the relevance of mobility platforms in rural areas. In particular at the county side, people face enormous challenges when they try to organize their daily lifes without their private car, since the availability of public transport is very limited, especially at off-peak times at night or the weekends. The NEMo mobility platform that has been developed combines various mobility options that not only considers the preferences of the users, but also private mobility offers. In further research approaches, however, the research team thinks beyond the improvement of mobility: In NEMo 2.0, community building and the attractiveness of rural areas in various dimensions, such as shopping, learning, working, relaxation and leisure, should be improved by the possibilities of digitization.
In the interactive panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. Jan-Jonathan Bock from the Research & Transfer Department of the University of Oldenburg, many of the queries from citizens were directed towards the future of mobility. It was intensively discussed whether automated vehicles could in future play a role in ride-sharing options in rural areas in order to increase the range of available ride-sharing solutions. In particular, the achievement of a critical mass and the integration of other mobility platforms that have so far been regionally oriented play a central role in improving the acceptance and real applicability of mobility platforms. A transfer of the solution developed in NEMo to the Hatten area in the Oldenburg district is currently in preparation, as Mayor Dr. Christian Pundt from the municipality of Hatten announced.
In the research project NEMo, the potential of ride sharing along rural areas was comprehensively examined. Social science surveys have shown that the dependency on private cars is significantly greater in the village than in densely populated areas. However, the surveys carried out in the Wesermarsch district also showed that picking private people up in your private car can in principle have many advantages for everyone involved and is viewed positively. A multimodal travel assistant, such as the developed Fahrkreis-App, can make an important contribution to bringing together those who are potentially interested in taking a ride. For a promising implementation, the app must be adapted to local conditions (e.g. the mobility options available on site).
The Smart House Oldenburg is dedicated to the dialogue between science and society and offers insights into the research of the University of Oldenburg and the Jade University. The Smart House sees itself as an interface between people from the city and region, science and business. The aim is to bring science closer to the citizens in an understandable way. Research topics are conveyed in an exciting way in lectures, panel discussions, readings and exhibitions. The science center is located in Oldenburg City, close to the historic Oldenburg Castle, directly at the Schloßplatz. Until face-to-face events are possible again, the dialogue in pandemic times will be maintained at least in the context of interactive online formats.
Interested citizens had the opportunity to interact with NEMo as part of the online discussion (Big Blue Button).
On 22.04.2021, an information event on the topic of "Artificial Intelligence in Tax Administration" took place, at which Prof. Dr. Marx Gómez, together with Mr. Andre Klümpen, the Head of Unit at the Lower Saxony State Tax Office, explained in more detail the opportunities and challenges of AI in tax administration. In addition, the project "Tax Defence Analytics" (TaDeA) was briefly presented and first experiences from the project were shared. In addition to Prof. Gómez and Mr. Klümpen, Prof. Dr. Oliver Thomas, Head of the Department of Information Management and Business Informatics at the University of Osnabrück, was invited as a speaker.
The student project group Bicycle Data recently presented its final results on the analysis of European cycling data to the interested public. The almost two and a half hour digital event was embedded in a BITS Academy, which took place as part of the EU-funded project BITS - Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems. Almost 200 participants from all over Europe had the opportunity to learn more about the potential of the preprocessed cycling data sets as well as to contribute interactively and give feedback to the project. For a duration of one a year, the students worked intensively with bicycle data of the research projects BITS and SmartHelm, which is funded by the mFUND program of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The results of the developed project website www.bicycle-data.de were presented in detail.
In their introduction, Kevin Mayne (Cycling Industries Europe) and Johannes Schering (VLBA, standing in for Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez, head of the department) pointed out very clearly the potential of cycling in Corona times and the relevance of the availability of relating bicycle data for cities and regions. The SmartHelm part of the presentation presented first results of the Cognitive Systems Lab of the University of Bremen as part of a current running augmented reality study that is partly conducted during cycling. Urban Plangger of project partner of UVEX SPORTS presented live a first prototype of the attention-sensitive smart helmet, which is supposed to support bicycle couriers during their working process by an EEG measurement, EyeTracking and digital glasses (AR display of the Microsoft Hololens2). The students themselves dealt intensively with the EEG data collected by the helmet. Using various machine learning approaches, it was investigated whether distractions can be identified and types of distractions can be determined on the basis of initial laboratory study data provided by the University of Bremen. For this purpose, various artificial neuronal networks were trained, as presented by Thilo von Glan, Marwin Kröger and Marvin Büchel of the project group.
Urban Plangger (UVEX) presents the first prototype of the smart bicycle helmet (Youtube).
For further development of the website and the related improvement of the user orientation, the feedback of potential future users, especially from municipalities, traffic planners or software developers, is very desirable. Therefore, the final presentation did not just consist of Power Point presentations, the participants were also able to actively contribute their ideas. In this context, the audience was asked in a poll 1.) which information should ideally be visualized on the AR display of the helmet's glasses, 2.) which potential data sources could be used for the visualization and 3.) in which other application scenarios besides city logistics the intelligent helmet could potentially be used. The feedback was obtained based on an interactive Miro board which allows the participants to contribute their specific ideas. From the participants point of view the focus was particularly on traffic safety: For example, accident or critical points in the infrastructure, the distances when taking over by motorized traffic, information on the condition of the road or the stress level of the rider could be displayed. Navigation suggestions, weather information or points of interest for recreational cyclists could also be displayed. For bicycle commuters, information on train stations or bicycle parking facilities could be made available, while citizens could be given the opportunity to report dangerous road spots or problems in the infrastructure.
The second big part of the presentation focused on the processing, harmonization and publication of European cycling data on the Bicycle Data website as part of the BITS project. Anselm Fehnker, Franziska Ernst and Dennis Schulte discussed the challenges of data harmonization. The work of the student team showed very clearly that bicycle data is collected and published in many different ways differing country by country and city by city (e.g. by bicycle counting stations or apps). The missing common understanding of how to collect cycling data makes it very difficult to compare different cities. In order to be able to find correlations between different data sets, an extensive data preprocessing was necessary. The Bicycle Data website also provides new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), graphs and visualizations on bicycle use (e.g. apps, sensors, bicycle parking) or road safety (near accidents) in Europe. To enable all interested parties to use the processed data sets for further purposes as traffic planning or software applications, these can be downloaded as open data on the website. The functions of the Bicycle Data website were presented in detail as part of a live demonstration by Jan Stüven, Simon Czapski, Tugba Dalmaz and René Rohde. The KPIs and the other functions of the website need to be evaluated by practitioners and adjusted accordingly to their demands. Accordingly, the topics of bicycle counting, tracking / sensor data, traffic safety (near accidents) and the technical background in the development of the website were discussed intensively in four break-out sessions. Various potentials for further technical developments and improvements were identified with the participants.
As part of the interactive break out sessions the results of the data team, here the bicycle counting data, were discussed with external stakeholders (Zoom).
A central goal of the BITS project is to make European bicycle data available. For this purpose, the BITS project as a whole is working on an European open data portal with special focus on cycling data, the so called CyclingDataHub (CDH). The BITS Academy was therefore rounded off with a live demonstration of the Hub which is based on ArcGis by Kim Verbeeck from the Province of Antwerp in Belgium. Similar to the mCLOUD of the BMVI, external cycling data sets of other external websites can be linked to the CDH. Interested stakeholders as from municipalities, transport planning, business, research or other interested parts of the society will be enabled to publish their cycling data as open data sets. A corresponding call for data provision was recently published on the official cycling portal of the BMVI in Germany, which you can find here.
The Bicycle Data project group is very pleased about the huge interest in their successful work on European bicycle data. The project team consists of eleven masters students from the academic field of (Business) Informatics. The huge data base which was built up as part of the project provides a strong fundament for further data-based work in the research projects BITS and SmartHelm. The recording of the digital BITS Academy can be watched afterwards at Youtube. The project team gives thanks to all external participants and stakeholders, the project partners for their active contributions and Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) for organizing and hosting the event.
As part of the official launch of the CyclingDataHub (CDH) all interested stakeholders are requested to publish their existing bicycle data sets as open data (Province of Antwerp).
On April 1, 2021, the kickoff of the PG "INDICATE", which will start in this summer semester 2021, took place as an online meeting. Besides getting to know all participants, the main focus was on defining the first project steps and topics. The students will spend a year dealing with the topics of maintenance strategies, predictive maintenance and digital twins. The goal is to improve the maintenance of the water infrastructure on the island of Langeoog with the help of a digital twin.
Dear Sir or Madam,
in April we will host a digital BITS Academy on the subject of European bicycle data at the University of Oldenburg as part of the EU funded BITS project - we would like to invite you to this event.
With the website www.bicycle-data.de the student project Bicycle Data has built up a very large database of bicycle data (e.g. bicycle counting data, sensor data, apps, near-accidents, bicycle parking, smart helmets).
There will be a live demonstration of the website for analysis, visualization, comparison (Key Performance Indicators on European cycling data) and for downloading the open bike data (not all functions of the website are already online, the official launch will take place as part of the event).
The presentation will be embedded in a BITS Academy which is part of the EU project BITS Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems.
Other concepts on the digitalization of cycling, e.g. the intelligent bicycle helmet SmartHelm that assists bicycle couriers during the working process, will be presented.
In order to be able to discuss the topics directly with you and the other participants, there will also be several break-out sessions.
You can take a look to the agenda under the following link:
Date: Friday, 9th of April, 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
We would be happy to hear from you as whether you are going to attend to the event.
You can register below.
Please forward the invitation to colleagues or other interested parties. We would be very pleased about your participation.
Please register under the following link:
From 24.03. - 26. 03 took place under the title:
"RESILIENCE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS AND EDUCATION.
A German-African Digital Conference" the YEEES research conference took place.
More than 200 people from all continents participated in the conference. Keynote speaker was Alan Knott-Craig, who gave a presentation about his experiences as an entrepreneur and answered questions from the audience afterwards. In summary, the YEEES Research Conference was a great success.
We would like to thank all participants and the project partners.
The conference was dedicated to Anna Spiegler, who unfortunately left us much too early.
Every year, the HMD Best Paper Award honors the three best contributions of an HMD year. This year, René Kessler and Jorge Marx Gómez are among the winners with the publication "Implication of Machine Learning on Data Management in Companies".
The award was presented at the virtually oriented WI 2021 by the editors of HMD.
Link to the publication (open access): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1365/s40702-020-00585-
Our research focuses on the combination of entrepreneurship, sustainability and ICT cumulated in the question: “How can sustainability entrepreneurship based on or using ICT in the fields of urban agriculture and mobility contribute to resilient city development in Africa?” With the aim of finding questions to these research perpectives, interesting and innovative scientific contributions have been made within the framework of YEEES. These were submitted via various channels initiated by YEEES: as a master’s thesis from our master scholarship holders, doctoral theses (still to be completed) also in the course of a scholarship or various scientific articles from scientists belonging to our project.
For detailed information about the conference and the project, visit:
As part of the Interreg project BITS (Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems), the sixth internal project meeting (Steering Group Meeting) took place at the beginning of March. The student project group Bicycle Data presented their recently developed Bicycle Data Dashboard to the public for the first time. As part of a live demo, René Rohde, Simon Czapski and Jan Stüven showed the various potential applications of cycling data. The newly developed dashboard consists of the three core components visualization, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and the option to download the raw data from a wide variety of SmartCycling implementations. Data sets of bicycle counting stations, bicycle sensors, apps, near-accidents and bicycle parking from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Germany are available. In addition to the visualizations, the European partners took a very interested look to the KPIs as part of the live demonstration: These enable e.g. a better comparison of the amount of cyclists in different European countries and regions. The KPIs will be evaluated in the forthcoming months by the participating European municipalities. The rich cycling data base that the student team has built up and processed in one year time could also be part of the CyclingDataHub, the open portal for bicycle traffic data, which is being developed by the province of Antwerp in the BITS project, in the nearer future. The student project group Bicycle Data is pleased about the positive feedback by external partners. Further details will be presented on the 9th of April, from 2 p.m., as part of the online-based final presentation. In addition to the knowledge gathered from the BITS project, the students will also present their work in the SmartHelm project and the related attention-relevant EEG and EyeTracking data of the helmet. If you are interested to participate in the final presentation please contact Johannes Schering ().
As part of the Live Demonstration the VLBA students presented various visualizations of European cycling data at the BITS meeting.
On the 3rd of March in 2021 at 10am, the Interreg Project BLING held its online Mid-Term conference on blockchain, project progress and use cases. Over 100 people registered for the event. The university of Oldenburg were excited to participate as well and presented two blockchain based use-caseses related to the projects BLING and HAPTIK. Please find the details of the event, in the link below:
On February 15, 2021, the first event of the Innovation(s)Labor digital on the topic of citizen participation in science took place with the kick-off event "On the move - sustainable mobility in Oldenburg and surrounding areas". The event is a cooperation between the project Innovative Hochschule Jade-Oldenburg (IHJO), the Schlaues Haus Oldenburg and the city of Oldenburg's project Civic Data Lab. More than 100 participants gathered in the virtual event room.
The event examined aspects of sustainable mobility from various perspectives. Management consultant and activist Katja Diehl opened the discussion from a societal perspective and reflected on current mobility behavior in the region. Dr. Norbert Korallus, Head of Transport Planning at the City of Oldenburg, then presented the city's activities and goals and reported from the perspective of local authorities. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jorge Marx Gómez, Professor of Business Informatics at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, motivated the participants to influence the mobility landscape by participating in research projects and presented the NEMo and EcoSense projects. Finally, Lukas Schneider, Business Area Mobility at EWE Go GmbH, presented the company's activities and goals and gave insights into the existing e-sharing product.
In a concluding discussion, the questions of the participating citizens were addressed and the speakers exchanged their ideas on the future of mobility. The participants thus received inspiring insights from different perspectives and were able to contribute their views and experiences and help shape the discussion. Further information and references for the event can be found at: https://ihjo.de/auf_achse/.
If you are interested in similar or upcoming events or in the project in general, please contact Malte Schulz or Timo Kasselmann from Innovation(s)Labor digital ().
On 02.02.2021 the kick-off meeting for the research cooperation WISdoM 2.0, a cooperation between the Department of Information Systems/VLBA at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband, was successfully held.
In the first part of the kick-off, there was a review of the past two years of the first research cooperation and a lessons learned. With the learnings and a discussion, the presentation of the second research cooperation, which will run until the end of 2023, started.
With the kick-off, the first phase of the research cooperation has been successfully completed and the starting signal for the second phase has been given. We are all highly motivated and look forward to three years of exciting collaborative research and a fruitful exchange of knowledge.
The BMEL has published an official video on the DigiPig experimental field, which can be found at the following link. The film briefly summarizes the motivation, problems and goals of the experimental field and describes the current challenges of digitization in modern pig farming. The DigiPig experimental field is one of 14 projects in the field of agriculture funded by the BMEL.
An overview of all funded projects can be found on the following website.
In addition to the evaluation of our survey, we at the PUUK project have completed the evaluation of our first workshop on citizen needs. In order for you to get an idea of the results, you will find a summary of what citizens have developed in cooperation with our facilitators down below.
We, the PUUK team, would like to once again thank all participants for their excellent cooperation!
Topic Citizen Participation in Environmental Information Portals
Citizens are well aware of their ability to measure environmental data, and their interest in such participation is not only present, but growing.
However, the amount of all the different, measurable data points poses a challenge. Which of these data points would be useful for which institution or organization?
How is the data to be collected? Would this be possible passively? What equipment is needed to measure correctly? How and to what agency should the data be forwarded? These are the primary questions raised in the workshop.
However, there was also interest in what benefits such participation would bring to the citizen itself.
In order to establish a good cooperation with citizens within the PUUK project, the primary focus should be building trust in the planned platform.
In addition to transparency and accessibility, citizens also long for secure handling of the collected and presented data.
It is hoped that incorporating these whishes will increase the trust to a point at which the platform would not only promote the responsibility of the individual, but its data would also exert influence on decision-makers.
One possible challenge for citizen participation, however, could be environmental laws, which are sometimes perceived as confusing.
Topic Requirements for Environmental Information Presentation
As of now, citizens have gained experience with environmental information representations via portals on regional as well as state level, and through specialized portals. The usage of maps and color coding with corresponding legends as well as widgets, which are procided by associated apps, seems common for the representation of environmental data. A special incentive to engage with this data arises in particular when the displayed data has been collected in the immediate proximity.
In the context of the development of an environmental information portal, the primary wish is to contextualize the measured data by providing further information on sources as well as explanations and comparative limit values.
Considering the last point, the desire for clarification regarding the effects on humans also found resonance.
In addition to detailed information offers, the personalization of the presentation appeared to be of high importance to the citizens. The user should be able to compile this information freely, with the option of choosing from simple to detailed views as well as being able to define aspects such as color codings themselves. It is important, however, that such individualized views do not restrict access to existing information.
All of this is to be realized via a portal that can preferably be accessed via an app.
The citizens contributet just as many ideas for implementation. In addition to simple summaries and recommendations for action, contextualization should also be possible through comparisons with previous data sets.
For representations such as maps and icons (also for e.g. recommendations for action), elements of a simple nature should be used, which can be deepened into further detailed views if required.
In order to make it easy to access all the data, the idea of exporting data in different formats was put forward.
Topic Mobility and Environmental Information
Citizens associate mobility in particular with its environmental impacts, such as emissions of CO2, NOX and particulate matter.
Cehicles and transport-oriented apps (e.g., car sharing) however, also offer the possibility of recording environmental information on mobility. One wish of the citizens would be to use this approach to record, for example, the utilization of the road network or local environmental pollution.
However, the majority of the wishes were primarily related to the political dimension. In addition to better park-and-ride connections, expansion of the infrastructure for cyclists and e-scooters, and more precise information on the travel times of public transportation, a rethinking of new mobility concepts was called for.
In addition to free public transportation and bicycles, citizens identified the construction of bicycle expressways, increased parking costs, the MOIA concept and subsidies for climate-friendly mobility approaches as possible solutions.
The expansion of barrier-free services was also well received.
Other wishes included an environmental information portal in public hands that would enable private providers of, for example, car-sharing services to feed in their collected data.
Such a portal should also provide incentives for more climate-friendly behavior. One example would be to show alternatives to the automobile and the resulting savings in emissions or calories burned.
Since incentives for climate-friendly behavior should reach all citizens, it should be borne in mind that such an environmental information portal should appeal to all age groups.
Topic Environmental Information provided by Municipalities
Citizens primarily want information from local authorities on a whole range of environmental data. Drinking water quality, air, noise and light pollution, soil and water contamination, radioactivity and greenhouse gases were among the topics discussed.
In addition, the state of flora and fauna and, in particular, the issue of energy consumption seemed to be a major concern.
But it is not only the status quo that is of interest. Citizens are also interested in how it can be improved for the better. In this respect, information about measures taken by local authorities is another wish.
Another topic was the form in which information from local authorities should be presented to citizens. What was desired here was the contextualization of up to date values by means of descriptions and developments over time.
These should also show which trends are emerging as a result of measures taken, in order to be able to evaluate them better.
Of great interest is also the role of the individual, to what extent he or she is affected by any environtmental burdens, but also what opportunities are available to him or her to exert a positive influence.
Citizens do not want to receive all this information via newsletters. Instead, their access should be individualized and interactive. Interaction should not be limited to the presentation of the data provided though.
Instead, citizens would like to have the opportunity to contribute their own data.
Over the course of the new year, we at the PUUK project set out to complete the evaluation of our survey on user groups and desired focal points of environmental information portals.
The results include the responses of 505 people who took part in the survey between August 2020 and mid-January 2021. The results can be downloaded as a PDF file via the button below.
The results of the survey are available here.
The PUUK project team would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all participants for their great cooperation and insightful feedback!
As part of the joint project “Wärmewende Nordwest: Digitalisierung zur Umsetzung von Wärmewende- und Mehrwertanwendungen für Gebäude, Campus, Quartiere und Kommunen im Nordwesten“, the Department of Business Informatics / Very Large Business Applications (VLBA) at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorge Marx Gómez, is responsible for the research field "Regional Online Platform for Energy Efficiency Optimizations and Business Models" (ROPE) together with the partners Detlef Coldewey GmbH and worldiety GmbH. The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research from the end of 2020 until 2025, will deal with the development of an innovative digital platform for the detection of optimization potentials for energy efficiency optimization of real estate and will network real estate owners and providers of renovation measures for this purpose. The competences of the partners will be bundled and a digital energy advisor for the platform will be created with the project start of the research field on April 16, 2021. For questions and contact:
After the successful Kick-off-Meeting, the IfB Research Cooperation started punctually on 01.01.2021. In addition, the first official project meeting was held on 06.01.2021, in which the first previously prepared steps for the project start were coordinated.
More at: https://uol.de/vlba/projekte/ifb-ag