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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INFRADEV-4-2014-2015 | Award Amount: 12.00M | Year: 2015

PARTHENOS aims at strengthening the cohesion of research in the broad sector of Linguistic Studies, Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History, Archaeology and related fields through a thematic cluster of European Research Infrastructures, integrating initiatives, e-infrastructures and other world-class infrastructures, and building bridges between different, although tightly, interrelated fields. PARTHENOS will achieve this objective through the definition and support of common standards, the coordination of joint activities, the harmonization of policy definition and implementation, and the development of pooled services and of shared solutions to the same problems. PARTHENOS will address and provide common solutions to the definition and implementation of joint policies and solutions for the humanities and linguistic data lifecycle, taking into account the specific needs of the sector that require dedicated design, including provisions for cross-discipline data use and re-use, the implementation of common AAA (authentication, authorization, access) and data curation policies, including long-term preservation; quality criteria and data approval/certification; IPR management, also addressing sensitive data and privacy issues; foresight studies about innovative methods for the humanities; standardization and interoperability; common tools for data-oriented services such as resource discovery, search services, quality assessment of metadata, annotation of sources; communication activities; and joint training activities. Built around the two ERICs of the sector, DARIAH and CLARIN, and involving all the relevant Integrating Activities projects, PARTHENOS will deliver guidelines, standards, methods, services and tools to be used by its partners and by all the research community. It will exploit commonalities and synergies to optimize the use of resources in related domains.

Meier S.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences | Glinka K.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography | Year: 2017

Personal and subjective perceptions of urban space have been a focus of various research projects in the area of cartography, geography, and related fields such as urban planning. This paper illustrates how personal georeferenced activity data can be used in algorithmic modelling of certain aspects of mental maps and customised spatial visualisations. The technical implementation of the algorithm is accompanied by a preliminary study which evaluates the performance of the algorithm. As a linking element between personal perception, interpretation, and depiction of space and the field of cartography and geography, we include perspectives from artistic practice and cultural theory. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.

Meier S.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
CEUR Workshop Proceedings | Year: 2014

In this paper we present a case study for an interactive surface, an explanatory tangible multitouch system in an exhibition context. The system is used as an expressive representation of the complex concept of Micro Smart Grids (MSGs) and their influence on our future energy infrastructure. We built the experience upon research on integrating tangibles into playful and exploratory learning environments. Beyond the well-researched learning experience with tangibles, we developed the system to stimulate and foster discussions on the subject of MSGs. Besides the technology behind the system we will discuss limitations and advantages of combining tangible and multitouch technologies. To conclude we present reflections on the design and interaction concepts that were embedded into the system.

Preuss U.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
Sustainability (Switzerland) | Year: 2016

While digitalization opens up new possibilities for cultural heritage and tourism it also brings new challenges. Initiatives such as "Europeana", an internet portal for cultural heritage within the European Union, support institutions with the display of their collections. National initiatives complement these efforts. This report describes initiatives and projects for generating and sustaining digital cultural heritage resources in the German state of Brandenburg. With the cultural heritage distributed throughout the state and managed by hundreds of institutions, the task of digitalization is a common challenge for all of these institutions. Digitalization and digital sustainability is limited by shortcomings in areas of human resources, knowledge and IT infrastructure. In light of these limitations, the cultural heritage community addresses challenges with an interdisciplinary approach. It is based on a collaborative model with four levels: (1) a statewide strategy of an interdisciplinary task force; (2) cooperative projects; (3) cooperative IT infrastructure; and (4) an overall coordination. The priorities are: (1) creating and displaying digital content; (2) establishing best practices and workflows; (3) developing cooperative infrastructures for sustainment. Since 2012, several projects have been implemented based on that collaborative model. More than 50 participating institutions benefited from cooperative planning, managing, digitizing and digital presentation. With regard to the third priority, the task force's next step is finding solutions for digital preservation. Considering the lack of funding and resources in the cultural heritage sector, options for creating and sustaining digital resources are limited. Digital cultural heritage requires interdisciplinary thinking, cooperative initiatives, reliable IT infrastructures and additional funding. © 2016 by the authors.

In order to create easier and more efficient dimensioning guidelines for the flexural slenderness of plates and beams made out of reinforced concrete the equations are extended on the basis of [1]. It turned out to be useful to consider plates and downstand beams separately. In the following the design of plates and cantilever plates is discussed. Copyright © 2014 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin.

Sebastian M.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems | Year: 2016

The growing amount of gathered, stored and available data is creating a need for useful mass-data visualizations in many domains. The mapping of large spatial data sets is not only of interest for experts anymore, but, with regard to the latest advances in web cartography, also moves into the domain of public cartographic applications. One interactive web-based cartographic interface design pattern that helps with visualizing and interacting with large, high density data sets is the marker cluster; a functionality already in use in many web-based products and solutions. In this article, the author will present their ongoing research on the problem of "too many markers." They will present an empirical evaluation and comparison of marker cluster techniques and similar approaches, including heatmaps and tiled heatmaps. They conclude with a first concept for overcoming some of the obstacles that they were able to identify in their study and thereby introduce a new direction for further research. © Copyright 2016, IGI Global.

Kronemann M.L.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences | Hafner V.V.,Humboldt University of Berlin
DIS 2010 - Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems | Year: 2010

Emergence is a concept that is not easy to grasp, since it contradicts our idea of central control and planning. In this work, we use a swarm of robots as a tangible tool to visualize interactions as the underlying principle of emergence. We utilize phosphorescent sheet (i.e. glow-in-the-dark foil) that can be activated with UV LEDs to visualize local information transfer between the robots in form of fading luminescent trails. The robots are specially designed to be both easy-to-understand and easy-to-build. They are a low-cost kit that can allow non-professionals to explore collective behaviour. By playing with the robots, they can get an understanding of complex systems such as emergence or Ant Colony Optimization algorithms in an automatic and playful way. © 2010 ACM.

Said A.,TU Berlin | Berkovsky S.,CSIRO | Berkovsky S.,NICTA | De Luca E.W.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology | Year: 2013

The challenge and workshop on Context-Aware Movie Recommendation (CAMRa2010) were conducted jointly in 2010 with the Recommender Systems conference. The challenge focused on three context-aware recommendation scenarios: time-based, mood-based, and social recommendation. The participants were provided with anonymized datasets from two real-world online movie recommendation communities and competed against each other for obtaining the highest accuracy of recommendations. The datasets contained contextual features, such as tags, annotation, social relationsips, and comments, normally not available in public recommendation datasets. More than 40 teams from 21 countries participated in the challenge. Their participation was summarized by 10 papers published by the workshop, which have been extended and revised for this special section. In this preface we overview the challenge datasets, tasks, evaluation metrics, and the obtained outcomes. © 2013 ACM.

Hoinkis M.,Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care | Year: 2014

This report looks at a higher education design class as a design case for teaching participatory design methods to beginning design students from different design disciplines (communication, product, and interface design). The class was an experiment in so far as basic design education usually focuses on other elementary aspects first, such as form, color, representation, etc. The experiment's purpose was to confront design students very early on in the program with a participatory design approach and find out how well they can handle and apply it and how valuable it is for their basic design education. The report describes the overall aim, structure, process, and outcomes of the design class at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and takes a peep into the near future.

The article sets out to rehabilitate (neo-) liberal ideas from the social sciences as valuable resources for social work. The author's conviction is that these ideas have a favourable effect on the aim to which the specialisation, ethics and legal concerns of social work are dedicated: supporting clients in the restoration, reinforcement and consolidation of social (especially life-world-related) self-organisation and individual autonomy. With its theoretical foundations, multiple methodical strategies and attendant attitudes, systemic social work in particular can be legitimately categorised as liberalism in practice. The author provides examples of the way in which this liberalism has already manifested itself in social work and how it could be further developed in future.

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