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.
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