2009

CocoNut - Communication & collaboration network utilities

About

CocoNut is an ISBO project in which researchers from the IBBT are seeking new social models, processes and technological solutions for cooperation and communication within a virtual multidisciplinary organisational structure. This is being done by means of a user-orientated approach.

In multidisciplinary projects, the researchers often have highly divergent backgrounds, each with their own domain-specific jargon and working processes. Within its own organisation, each group uses its own tools and methods in order to optimise working processes. However, when these teams participate in virtual multidisciplinary joint ventures which transcend the boundaries of their own organisational cultures, it often turns out that their methods, routines and tools are not compatible with the others. Starting from a thorough analysis of existing practices, working processes and needs within the various IBBT research groups, the CoCoNut project searches for new methods and instruments that will allow efficient cooperation and communication between multidisciplinary teams.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • Dimitri Schuurman
  • dr. Peter Mechant

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • iMinds

eGov Monitor - Development of a monitor to measure the progress of e-government in Belgium

About

More and more public services are being provided to citizens and businesses through electronic channels. There is a need for meaningful insights into the progress of e-government with a view to policy preparation and implementation. The gathering of data regarding the conditions for the creation, quality, distribution and usage of electronic services in Belgium is of great importance in this regard. The MICT research group advises the Fedict federal government department regarding the design and implementation of this e-government monitor. The aim of this eGov Monitor is to be a long-term instrument for the Belgian policy of computerising both government and society.

This project is being financed through the AGORA programme of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Agency. This programme aims to develop official, federal socio-economic data in order to make possible its better usage in the government bodies that have it, for scientific research and for the provision of better information to the general public.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/11/2008 - 30/11/2009.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Pieter Verdegem
  • Jeroen Stragier

Clusters

  • METHODOLOGY
  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • Federal government

Heritage 2.0

About

The ‘Heritage 2.0’ project aims to carry out research into a social, interactive location-based experience of heritage by means of mobile appliances within a network of heritage sites. The innovative aspect of ‘Heritage 2.0’ lies in the emphasis placed on the importance of social interaction in the experience of heritage. It aims to make the best possible link between this component, which is important in the physical experience of heritage, and a digital environment. Another important aspect is that of the real and the virtual blurring into one another. The project aims to enrich the visit of heritage visitors by virtual/digital means, according to the ‘virtuous circle’ principle, before, during and after their actual visit.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/04/2007 - 31/03/2009.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • dr. Peter Mechant

Clusters

  • ICT & Society

Financed by

  • iMinds

Games Culture - Informative computer games website

About

Providing the content for an informative website about gaming directed to parents and educators in command of the Department of Culture, Youth, Sport and Media of the Flemish Government.

Publications & References

Van Looy, J., & De Vocht, M. (2009). Informatieve website over gaming. Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Sport en Media, Vlaamse Overheid.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/09/2009 - 16/10/2009.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Jan Van Looy

Clusters

  • Gaming and Immersive Media Lab

Financed by

  • Flemish government

IFIP - Independent films in progress

About

The aim of the IFIP project is to create a platform for the independent film sector which functions as a ‘virtual cooperative’ that supports the realisation of an independent production and where the producers can come into contact with wild ideas and concrete project results. The platform supports the commissioning process for each film project by means of a transparent and accessible application which allows potential end-users to participate in the project.

This leads to the creation of a ‘virtual cooperative’ whereby the various project types and genres are mapped and as far as possible focused on a particular target audience. This set-up offers the filmmaker the chance to develop an alternative network of companies (B2B) and end-users (B2C). This allows the filmmaker to pro-actively search for the necessary budgets, production funds and appropriate distribution channels in order to thereby achieve the initial artistic and content-based aims without making too many concessions. The implementation of this project is taking place via a broad consortium of cultural actors (BOL Films, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund and the Pascal Decroos Fund for Exceptional Journalism), technological partners (Datiq, Krimson, Telindus, Vodtec and VRT Medialab) and social, legal and technological research groups from the IBBT.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009.

Staff involved

  • Evelien De Waele-De Guchtenaere
  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • iMinds

Pokumon - The multimedia accessibility of performing arts

About

The Flemish cultural organisations have archived both their own and their guest productions. In the past, they did so using analogue methods but now it is increasingly done digitally. The sector has experienced strong growth in the demand for access to archive material for various categories of end-user and this on the basis of a standardised metadata exchange model.

In addition to archiving and providing access to the cultural organisations’ own productions, this project will also do the same for introductions to performances, interviews with soloists, etc. The fact that this is a matter of multimedia archiving and accessibility to information flows which may come from different sources implies a number of specific challenges.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/04/2007 - 31/03/2009.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • Dimitri Schuurman
  • Tom Evens

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • iMinds

SKODA - Stimulating consumer data

About

This project aims to investigate how viewing figures can be enriched with iDTV data. The rise of digital television has thoroughly redrawn the TV landscape as a result of, among other things, a wider selection of channels and a proliferation of the possibilities for delayed viewing. This project will look deeper into the construction, maintenance and dynamisation of segmented viewer panels attuned to the modern viewing environment. This approach will provide further new opportunities for the far-reaching targeting of viewers, as a result of which this project therefore builds largely on the ADME project.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/12/2008 - 31/12/2009.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez
  • Dimitri Schuurman

Clusters

  • Media Production & Distribution

Financed by

  • Contract research

Tagger

About

In cooperation with Tagger.fm MICT is working on a survey which puts the music experience of young people central. By combining offline and online research a broad sample of the population will be questioned concerning several topics: the knowledge and use of social networks, music experience, as well as the use of services by means of a cell phone.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/04/2009 - 31/08/2009.

Staff involved

  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • Contract research

Teleclassing - Immersive classroom experience for tele-education

About

The Teleclassing project aims to investigate how existing telepresence applications can be extended to much more complex environments such as auditoriums and classrooms. The ultimate aim is the creation of an immersive environment in which lecturers/teachers and audiences/students obtain as ‘normal’ a sense of communication as possible on both sides. Research into the important factors (audio, video and interaction) which will create this sense of reality is a central feature of the project, as well as the implementation of the required architecture. The MICT will play a major part in this project by carrying out ‘experience research’ among users.

Duration of the project

The project runs from 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009.

Staff involved

  • Prof. dr. Pieter Verdegem
  • Evelien De Waele-De Guchtenaere
  • dr. Laurence Hauttekeete
  • Tom Evens

Clusters

  • Media Use & Experience

Financed by

  • iMinds