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Forum 4.0: new project funded by ahoi.digital

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We are happy to announce that our project proposal Forum 4.0  just got positively evaluated and received a 625,000 Euro funding from the informatics platform ahoi.digital. With ahoi.digital, the Department of Computer Science of the University of Hamburg, the HAW, the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) and the HafenCity University are intensifying their cooperation in education, research, and technology transfer. An expert commission selected Forum 4.0 among the four accepted project application (15 in total).

Forum 4.0 starts on the 1st January 2018 and focuses on the systematic content analysis, aggregation, and visualization of user comments. This project builds on previous work with social scientists and strives for an informatics centered and interdisciplinary research partnership.

This project involves five research teams of three different institutions:

Universität Hamburg

HAW Informatik

Hans-Bredow-Institut

Summary of the project:

Online user comments, such as journalistic content or product features are associated with low quality, Hate speech or even excessive demands for moderation. Forum 4.0 will develop new methods based on text analysis, machine learning (with Human in the Loop) and Empirical Software Engineering to better exploit the constructive and deliberative potential of user comments. The aim is to systematically analyze, aggregate and visualize the content and quality of comments at runtime in order to enable constructive participation. The project builds on our previous work with social scientists and aims for an informatics-centered, interdisciplinary research network that combines the focal points “Information Governance Technologies” and “Data Science” of ahoi.digital. We foresee immense transfer potential for the media location of Hamburg.

Radio interview about informatics and SCAn (in German)

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The Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) has interviewed Prof. Maalej and Marlo Häring in the context of the BredowCast series about software engineering, the impact of informatics on society, and interdisciplinary collaboration between informatics and other fields, such as our project SCAn (Systematic Content Analysis for Journalism).

After introducing our research area, we chatted about the status and plans of the SCAn project. Manual moderation of user comments in online journalism is time-consuming. Most of the research and automated tools currently focus on filtering “bad” comments. In SCAn we would like to identify high-quality comments. By interviewing moderators and editors of online news sites, we identified and analyzed the current problems in dealing with user comments. Based on the interviews we developed a prototype with a few core features that we now focus on in our research (e.g. identifying pro/contra arguments and quality of comments).

Date the Science

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Prof. Maalej participated this year in the initiative Date the Science in Hamburg. He “dated” about 80 young and curious high-school students and talked with them about “Social Informatics”.

15 scientists from 5 different Universities in Hamburg offered for high school students insights into their research topics and daily work. The research topics were diverse focusing on Natural Sciences, Technology, and Engineering. This date should motivate young students to study Science and Engineering and help them pick up the right major.

This year the 5th date with scientists was organized at the Helmut-Schmidt-Univeristy.  The event is part of a larger initiative of all universities and the city of Hamburg since 2007 to get young students enthusiastic about Science, Technology and Engineering and increase the number of university students in these fields. The online portal for this initiative is called MINTSTUDIUM.HAMBURG.

More about the event can be found on the following links (in German)

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Google Research Award for MOBIS

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MOBIS has recently received the Google Computational Journalism Research Award. With the award, Google supports excellent researchers and their research projects in Europe. Together with our partners from the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute for media research we were selected for our proposal of “SCAN: a Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists”. This year, only three projects from Europe have been awarded. More on the Google Research blog.

Journalism is evolving fast in the digital age, and researchers across Europe are working on exciting projects to create innovative new tools and open source software that will support online journalism and benefit readers. As part of the wider Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), Google Research invited academic researchers across Europe to submit proposals for the Computational Journalism Research Awards.  

Our project aims at developing a framework for the systematic, semi-automated analysis of audience feedback on journalistic content to better reflect the voice of users, mitigate the analysis efforts, and help journalists generate new content from the user comments. More on this project can be found in September on our website.

Update: The kickoff meeting took place on the 7th September at the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute to discuss further proceedings.

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Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era

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Prof. Maalej gives the keynote at the Annual German Meeting on Requirements Engineering (GI-Fachgruppen-Treffen Requirements Engineering). The talk is on “Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era” and is in German. 
This year the meeting takes place in Ilmenau and the main focus is on „Requirements Engineering for Mobile Applications“. More info including the full program of the meeting can be found here.

Study about data privacy

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We have conducted a study in collaboration with Columbia University to gather and understand privacy requirements of end users and developers.

Do you have any concerns about your privacy when developing or using online systems like Amazon and Facebook?  We would like to ask you to spend 5 min. now to participate in this survey:

The results 

Results of the study can be obtained upon request.