2008

AcKnowledge - Accessible & open knowledge infrastructure for Flanders

About

This project aims to integrate the often ad hoc and fragmented research into the flexible deployment of material for education and training and give an initial impulse for an open technical infrastructure in this field for Flanders.

In order to ensure that the material can actually be used in reality, special attention to easy accessibility is necessary. It is being developed for a ‘blended learning’ context in which a wide variety of processes and contexts is supported (self-study, virtual collaboration, coaching etc.).

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2006 - 31/08/2008.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • dr. Peter Mechant

Clusters

  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • iMinds

ADME - Advertising in a digital media environment

About

The aim of this project is to investigate which strategies can be developed in order to give the publishers of daily and weekly newspapers/magazines, as well as commercial broadcasters, greater skill in the brand and classified advertising market. After all, new technologies and new advertising models not only represent a possible threat to the position of the media, they also offer important opportunities.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/05/2005 - 30/04/2008.

Staff involved

  • Evelien De Waele-De Guchtenaere
  • Prof. dr. Els De Bens

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • iMinds

ASO Addendum

About

This concerns research into the identification of current users of analogue TV transmissions, with a view to taking measures to accompany the analogue switch-off. The ‘ASO Addendum’ project builds further on the surprising results of ASO: following this project, the Flemish Government decided to include the MICT in the large-scale information and awareness campaign regarding the Analogue Switch-Off. The task of the research group is primarily to support the communications bureau which will set up and carry out the campaign.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/11/2007 - 20/11/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Pieter Verdegem
  • Evelien De Waele-De Guchtenaere

Clusters

  • Profiling & Targeting

Financed by

  • Flemish government

CoCoMedia

About

The aim of this project is to carry out both social-scientific and technological research into the way in which Flemish media companies engage with community media. The project aims to develop an editorial tool in order to integrate user-generated content within the existing professional editing model. The focus is therefore on the selection, gathering, usage and management of information from various community media.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2008.

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution
  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • iMinds

Fedict - How to get ICT embedded in everyone's life? Beyond the digital divide

About

In the year 2007, it appears that the information society is a fact and that ICT is omnipresent and self-evident for everyone. The computer has found its way into the living room, the internet will soon be mobile and accessible via various devices. However, despite the increasing number of internet connections, it is apparent that a large group of Belgians still does not have access to a computer or the internet or they have such access but make little or no use of it.

Logo FedictFedict (the Federal Government Service for Information and Communication Technology) concentrates its activities on both the computerisation of government (e-government) and of society (e-society). As regards the latter aspect, many projects have been developed in the past such as Internet for Everyone and PeeceeFobie (PC Phobia). Fedict has now called in the MICT research group to collect additional scientific insights into how ICT can gain further and deeper entry into the everyday lives of citizens.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/09/2007 - 30/06/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Pieter Verdegem
  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • Prof. Eric Van Heesvelde

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience
  • Profiling & Targeting

Financed by

  • Federal government

IPTV potential assessment

About

One of the largest players on the Belgian telecom market commissioned a survey of a representative sample of the Flemish population (n:529) with a view to potential assessment for IPTV.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 31/10/2007 - 02/03/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • Dimitri Schuurman

Clusters

  • METHODOLOGY
  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • Contract research

Local radio part 2

About

In the course of 2007, the research group for Media & ICT carried out research into the current viability of local radio in Flanders. The research showed that the increasing cost function and stagnating incomes were placing the viability of the medium under severe pressure. After all, local radio in Flanders has to fight against a number of structural handicaps in order to remain economically viable: overpopulation of the airwaves and overly restricted transmission range. The most significant finding was that an increase in scale is of fundamental importance in achieving an economically viable, professional and high-quality locally-orientated radio landscape.

This follow-up project commissioned by the government’s Media Department with the non-profit organisation Ethercentrum as intermediary aims to arrive at a more specific understanding of the notion of ‘scale increase’ and trace out a number of scenarios so that a viable, diverse and locally-orientated radio landscape becomes possible.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/02/2008 - 30/09/2008.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • Tom Evens

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution
  • Profiling & Targeting

Financed by

  • Flemish government

MADUF - Maximizing DVB usage in Flanders

About

In the course of 2005 various European countries were interested in mobile television with DVB-H. The aim of MADUF was to lead to the creation of an optimal model for offering mobile television via DVB-H in Flanders and the development of a concept test. In addition to the technological possibilities, legal and economic aspects will also be researched as part of this project.

This ground-breaking IBBT-project brings together a number of important media players. The operators are encouraged to bring new services onto the market, the content suppliers can develop new offers and the manufacturers can strengthen their position on the national and international markets. This then leads to the creation of employment opportunities and added benefits for Flanders.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2006 - 31/03/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • Prof. dr. Ir. Erik Dejonghe
  • Dimitri Schuurman
  • Tom Evens

Clusters

  • METHODOLOGY
  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • iMinds

MICT Survey 2

About

The MICT Survey comprises a large-scale annual survey of a representative sample of the Flemish population. Following a successful first survey in which iDTV was the central topic, the focus this time was on the internet and gaming.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/02/2008 - 01/07/2008.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • Other

Minerva

About

Minerva is an independent periodical which disseminates scientific information and is targeted mainly at GPs, but also at specialists and pharmacists. The publication offers a clear and independent synthesis of what appears in A1 or A2 medical scientific periodicals. The MICT is carrying out reader research as part of this project.

The research will focus on various themes. For example, research will be undertaken into what type of readers the periodical has, what the expectations and demands of those readers are, how the paper edition and online version relate to one another, the frequency with which both versions are consulted, what the purpose of the consultation is, what the particular advantages of the online version are, etc. The format and contents of the periodical will also be evaluated.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2008 - 31/05/2008.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • dr. Katrien De Moor
  • dr. Peter Mechant

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • Contract research

Participative journalism - Professionals’ attitudes towards participatory journalism in Europe and the US

About

This project, financed by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, investigates the attitudes of media professionals in Europe and the USA regarding user-generated content and participative journalism. The study is an extension of a Finnish research project into civilian journalism that was carried out by Ari Heinonen of the University of Tampere. The study also builds on a content-analysis of 16 online newspapers in the selected countries, which showed that most websites are still somewhat restrained in encouraging active user participation.

The research project will collect internationally comparable data regarding the professional and organisational factors that influence the adoption of participative journalism in news editing. The researchers will provide a better insight into the development and problems of participative journalism on the basis of in-depth interviews with media professionals from Belgium, Germany, Finland, Israel, Croatia, Spain, the UK and the USA.

Research team:

  • David Domingo (University of Iowa, USA)
  • Ari Heinonen (University of Tampere, Finland)
  • Thorsten Quandt (Free University Berlin, Germany)
  • Steve Paulussen (IBBT-MICT-UGent, Belgium)
  • Zvi Reich (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Jane Singer (University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom)
  • Marina Vujnovic (University of Iowa, USA)

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/02/2008 - 31/07/2008.

Clusters

Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

Other

Quality of Experience

About

QoE is a project that aims to strengthen the often neglected relationship between user and community-driven research on the one hand and technology-driven QoE research on the other. In today’s wireless communication environment, a number of ‘user settings and applications’ are focused upon for which not only a technological ‘solution’ is developed, but whereby the whole is also framed within an investigation into the business models and the regulatory framework for such ‘user settings’.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • Prof. Eric Van Heesvelde
  • dr. Katrien De Moor

Clusters

  • METHODOLOGY
  • Media Use & Experience
  • Profiling & Targeting

Financed by

  • iMinds

RoMAS - Research on mobile applications and services

About

ROMAS is a project which aims to provide an insight into the various domains of mobile applications in a broadband environment (such as i-City). The aim of this project is to create an interdisciplinary research methodology for pre-testing new and innovative applications in such an environment. The application of such a methodology informs developers and companies about central, non-technological motivations and restrictions for service innovation and how social and users’ needs and expectations can be optimally satisfied.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/09/2006 - 31/08/2008.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • dr. Katrien De Moor

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • iMinds

Gaming survey

About

In the GAMING survey, we aim to meet the demand for more scientific research into gaming in Flanders. This research surveys, amongst other things, the motivations of gamers, the hardware owned by gamers, game behaviour, online gaming etc. In addition, on the basis of a list of propositions, the questionnaire aims to acquire an insight into the opinions and social environment of gamers.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 15/12/2007 - 15/04/2008.

Staff involved

  • Dimitri Schuurman
  • dr. Katrien De Moor

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience
  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • Other

TR@INS - TRAins IP network services

About

The aim of Trains is to investigate to what extent wireless internet on trains represents an opportunity, both from a technological and socio-economic perspective. We are primarily responsible for the survey regarding the needs of train passengers, business leaders and trade unions.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/04/2006 - 31/03/2008.

Staff involved

  • Dimitri Schuurman
  • Tom Evens

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • iMinds

VIN - Virtual individual networks

About

Each person consciously and unconsciously forms part of various networks and communities. Technological innovations support, colour and configure the social traffic within these networks and enable users to become more active in their social environment in both their daily life and at work. The subject requires mid and long-term research, both into the relationship between user communities and technology and into the development and refinement of methodological and technological tools.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2008.

Staff involved

  • dr. Peter Mechant

Clusters

  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • iMinds