Partner Profiles (old)

The consortium partners

Joanneum Research (Graz, Austria; coordinating partner)

JRS is a non-profit organisation concentrating on applied R&D with a highly qualified staff of more than 400 people. Services include R&D for industry, SMEs and public institutions, complex interdisciplinary national and international assignments as well as tailored techno-economic consulting. They participate in setting up and organising national competence centres as well as in numerous large international projects.

The Institute of Information Systems is the central part of the information technology division. It concentrates on the combination of classical information systems with digital media, including video and 3D, visualisation, geographic information, semantic web and communication technologies, thus developing leading-edge applications at an international level within its two research areas of Intelligent Information Systems and Digital Media.

Recent research activities covered the field of learning at the workplace, where the Institute is the coordinator of the FP6 IP project APOSDLE (Advanced process-oriented self-directed learning environment), which investigates on methodologies and technologies to support self-directed learning at the workplace. In addition we focus on Semantic Web and knowledge representation technologies in combination with audiovisual media objects, in particular ontology based applications OWL as instrument to model domain specific knowledge. In its recent projects JRS has supported intelligent content production, workflows and distribution, digital cinema, interactive TV and media monitoring as well as new narrative structures for audiovisual media. Most prominent among them are NM2, DIRECT-INFO, SALERO, MediaCampaign, PrestoSpace, IP-RACINE, SEMEDIA, porTiVity and the NoE K-Space. JRS is also an active member of the W3C Media Annotation WG. Detailed information on projects and publications is available from here.

BOC Asset Management GmbH (Vienna, Austria)

BOC is a software development house and a consultant in the field of IT-supported management approaches. The main business field and its origin is Business Process Management with the toolkit ADONIS®. Today BOC offers modelling tools for strategy management (ADOscore®), business process management (ADONIS®), logistics (ADOlog®) and IT-infrastructure and IT-architecture Management (ADOit®). In 1995 BOC was founded as a spin-off from the University of Vienna developing the Business Process Management System (BPMS) – paradigm together with the BPMS group of the University of Vienna. Since then BOC has a tight cooperation with the University of Vienna mainly in the field of business process engineering and knowledge engineering covering aspects such as modelling, meta-modelling, semantics, agents and knowledge management. Through its international orientation and customer centric strategy new branch offices were established for on-the-spot support. Now, the BOC network consists of nine units, operational units are located in Vienna, Berlin, Madrid, Athens, Dublin, Warsaw and Winterthur whereas the headquarter, software and research units are located in Vienna. In overall there are 140 employees that mainly act European wide. Individual customer support has been established on a worldwide basis. The consequential step was the conversion into a public company – the BOC group. The core competence beside the consultant services is the developing of meta-modelling tools. As the toolkit ADONIS® was one of the first commercial meta-modelling toolkits, BOC gained technological leadership in this market. Currently BOC implements a new set of meta-modelling tools with a strategic goal to make modelling tools available on the Web. The BOC EU-Project group deals with research and development and consists of 11 persons and freelancers located in the centre of Vienna, Austria. Most of the EU-Project group staff aims for a PhD, often a reason to change from other BOC units into the EU-project group. All personnel are experienced in the areas of modelling, method development, and software development.

BOC Information Technologies Consulting Sp. z o.o. (Warsaw, Poland)

As BOC Asset Management (BOC-AT) described above also BOC-PL is part of the BOC Group. It was founded in 2002 with headquarters in Warsaw. Starting with global customers support on the Polish market, BOC-PL constantly developed service portfolio, including Polish versions of BOC products. BOC-PL actively supports leading Polish Universities in promoting BPM concepts by providing software tools and trainings for educational purposes. BOC-PL provides its customers with competence and assists them in identifying their IT potentials, optimising their business processes, better utilising their knowledge assets and the optimal deployment of their human and IT resources. BOC has successfully implemented a number of large re-organisation projects in Europe in the banking, insurance, telecommunications, health care and public administration sectors. In the insurance sector BOC is the market and technology leader in the field of business process management. Customers and partners include some of the largest financial institutions in Europe as well as software houses, telecommunications and consulting companies.

Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe with more than 15,000 students, 65 different degree programs, and more than 250 PhD students. CBS is a research oriented university covering a broad range of topics, including not only traditional fields of business and economics, but also areas such as philosophy, law and politics, as well as languages. CBS is an experienced coordinator and partner in EU funded projects and has the full administrative backbone to carry out EU projects. The Center for Applied ICT (CAICT) works with design, implementation and impacts of ICT. The research is based on the externally founded projects, where there are focus on themes such as e-learning, human computer interaction, business IT, digital customs systems, business models for mobile services, digital government, e-participation and e-inclusion. Among CAICT’s global partners are Microsoft, IBM, SAP, ARLA, Heineken, United Paper Mill (Finland), Mahindra & Mahindra (India), Denmark’s Radio (DR), Borsen Daily and the Danish Consumer Council.

eXact learning solutions S.p.A. (EXACT)

eXact learning solutions S.p.A. (former Giunti Labs S.r.l.) is leader since over ten years in the e‑Learning content production for third parties and in the implementation of technological solutions and services for training (Technology Based Learning, TBL). Headquartered in, Sestri Levante with operating subsidiaries in Rome, Milan and Florence and a US Office in Atlanta, the company integrates heterogeneous new media professionals, with a reference of more than 300 projects successfully realised. The Research and Development department of eXact learning focuses on the development of several research branches within content management information technology, e-Learning and e-Publishing: new generation architectures for the integration of e-Learning, content and knowledge management (based on RDF, RQL, J2EE technologies, JMS asynchronous communication protocols).eXact learning is the only European company deeply involved in all the official international standards implementation entities (IEEE LTSC, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36, CEN/ISSS WSLT, IMS e ADL-SCORM). and President of the Italian delegation of ISO “learning technology” and Technical Chair of IMS Technical Board and co-chair of the ELIG (European Learning Industry Group).. The company has been also officially involved in the definition of the new generation technological Specifications for e-learning from IMS Global Learning Consortium (www.imsglobal.org) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative of the US Department of Defence (SCORM specifications, www.adlnet.org). As a result of its R&D developments, eXact learning is the producer of eXact Portfolio, an ePortfolio platform completely IMS compliant.

Graz University of Technology – Knowledge Management Institute (Graz, Austria)

The Knowledge Management Institute at the Graz University of Technology (http://www.kmi.tugraz.at) undertakes interdisciplinary research on Knowledge Management and Technology-enhanced Learning in a broad spectrum of domains, integrating technological and application-oriented perspectives, including aspects of cognitive and social science, as well as workplace learning. Leveraging its expertise, TUG aims to make a substantial contribution to teaching within the “Software Development and Economy” Study Program of Graz University of Technology. The technology-oriented research stream focuses on acquiring, managing and applying semantic metadata and ontologies. From an applied perspective, TUG investigates the use of social software in the context of Web 2.0 to build structures and transfer knowledge within and across individuals, institutions, and organizations. A special focus in this area is on contextualizing and personalizing learning events in the professional workplace and other learning environments (e.g. APOSDLE project). The focus of research from a cognitive psychological viewpoint is on the investigation of the structures of cognitive processes, the representation and modelling of knowledge and skills as well as their applications in individualised web-based testing and in personalised, adaptive eLearning systems. Contributing to and participating in the empirical evaluation and validation of eLearning systems based on scientifically sound methodologies also ranks among major tasks. TUG closely cooperates with University of Graz (Department of Psychology, Department of Information Science) and the Know-Center, Austria’s K+ Competence Center for Knowledge Management, and therefore retains close connections with Austrian corporate partners.

Knowledge Media Research Centre (Tuebingen, Germany)

The Knowledge Media Research Center (KMRC) in Tuebingen, Germany, with its responsible body, the foundation “Medien in der Bildung” (http://www.iwm-kmrc.de) is one of the leading research institutions in the field of psychological and educational media research worldwide. Research at KMRC is highly multidisciplinary and covers topics such as hypermedia, cybermedia, knowledge acquisition and exchange, visual environments, films, computer supported collaborative learning, informal learning and social software. KMRC’s expertise is in investigating cognitive and social processes in technology-enhanced learning within the context of both formal (K-12) and informal (social software/web applications and museums) settings. KMRC is part of the German Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association, http://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de), a network of 86 German research institutions conducting basic research with applied implications. KMRC has six professors/ senior researchers as well as about 10 post-docs and 25 PhD students. KMRC is affiliated with the Department of Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen. KMRC was initiator of the first WissenschaftsCampus, a cross-disciplinary research network connecting all research areas and research units of KMRC, several institutes of the University of Tuebingen, and external partner institutions from Freiburg and Mannheim, addressing, for instance, psychological, technical, motivational as well as socio-economical aspects of modern empirical educational research. KMRC cooperates with excellent research partners on the national and international level. Within the 6th Framework Programme, the KMRC participated in the Network of Excellence Kaleidoscope. Currently, KMRC is a member of the STELLAR Network of Excellence within the 7th Framework Programme.

London Knowledge Lab – Institute of Education (London, UK)

The Institute of Education (IOE) is one of the world’s leading institutions for education and social sciences and tops the league table for education research. The IOE undertakes around a quarter of the education research carried out in UK universities and is also the second highest recipient of social science research funding among higher education institutions. The London Knowledge Lab (IOE) is an interdisciplinary research lab run as a collaboration between two of the UK’s most prominent centres of world-class research – the Institute of Education (IoE) and Birkbeck. The IOE brings together 75 computer and social scientists from a very broad range of fields, including: education, sociology, culture and media, semiotics, knowledge engineering, information management, data mining, personalisation and ubiquitous technologies. The IOE has a long track record in national and international research, with current projects totalling ~£6.5m/€7.1. The lab has been involved in over 10 recent EU projects, co-ordinating both the WebLabs and Playground projects.

MTO Psychologische Forschung und Beratung GmbH (MTO)

MTO Psychological Research and Consulting GmbH was founded in 1994. The company provides consulting for well-known national and international companies and enterprises, public sector institutions and foundations. The around 90 employees working for MTO are adept in various disciplines like psychology, education, physics, information technology and business administration. Based on applied psychological research MTO is dedicated to an effective and goal-orientated development of human performance, educational management, technologies and organizations. One of the core competencies is the scientific based evaluation. MTO has been in charge of numerous evaluation projects for companies, schools, public authorities and foundations. Major business areas are the development of customized evaluation instruments (e.g. workshops, questionnaires, interviews) and the realization of surveys. MTO is specialized on the realization of online surveys by use of a self-developed online tool. MTO conducts trainings and workshops for skills and methods in organizational development, quality management, teaching aids, project management, performance appraisal and evaluation. With regard to the area of education MTO provides consulting and support for school authorities and countless schools throughout Germany, concerning all processes of change in schools. Application areas are teaching development, organizational development, quality management and human resource development. In many years of practical experience in the educational sector MTO has established a broad network of schools, school principals, authorities of the educational system and their representatives. Schools work with our products nationwide: For instance MTO has developed a quality management system for schools (“Quality Centered School Development”) that has been implemented in about 1500 schools in Germany so far. An assessment center for students of the 7th grade (“Kompetenzanalyse Profil AC”) that has been developed and established in 1200 schools up to now.

UniResearch (Bergen, Norway)

Unifob AS (www.unifob.no) is a non-profit research company with over 500 highly qualified members of staff from more than 30 nations. Uni Research, one department, conducts R&D in computational linguistics, language testing, electronic publishing, digital media, and IT and learning. Through research group InterMedia, Uni Research has been participating in 5th and 6th framework projects SEUSISS, Adapt-It, E-LEN, E-Culture Net, IDEELS, B-Learn, MASSIVE & TelePEERS and 7th framework IP SCY. In BITE-IT, we developed the delivery system for the IT-based national tests for English language for the Ministry of Education. Uni Research also develops/delivers foreign language tests for all ages according to international standards and carries out research on assessment methods, language testing and standard setting.

University of Birmingham (UK)

As a research-intensive university, The University of Birmingham is committed to carrying out research that is world-leading in terms of its originality and distinctiveness, significance and rigour. The University of Birmingham attracts £85 million of funding per year, and belongs to the Russell Group – an association of 20 major research-led universities in the UK with a commitment to maintaining the highest standards of research, education and knowledge transfer. Birmingham is a university rich in high-calibre research, with academic staff who are global experts in their field.
Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
: The School’s research in educational technologies focuses mainly on mobile, wearable and pervasive computing; simulations and training for defence and emergency services; and adaptive learning environments for a variety of stakeholders in the education process. In particular, the adaptive learning environments research considers issues relating to: open learner models for learners and teachers, promoting learner reflection and metacognitive activities; computer-supported collaborative learning and computer-assisted language learning. There is also experience of open learner models in STEM subjects and open learner models evaluated in schools. Four open learner models have recently been deployed to support university students throughout their degree in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Birmingham); one of these (OLMlets) currently being available in 18 modules, and receiving high levels of optional use by students. Two thirds of the School’s 28 academic staff have adopted OLMlets in at least one of their modules, demonstrating the influence of the School’s educational technologies research in a real setting which will be extended to schools in the NEXT-TELL project.The School’s research in educational technologies focuses mainly on adaptive learning environments, in particular issues relating to: open learner models for learners and teachers, learner reflection, computer-supported collaborative learning and computer-assisted language learning.

Verein Offenes Lernen – Sektion talkademy (TALK)

The name “Open Learning Association” stands for the aim to welcome whoever is interested in educating. The name TALKADEMY stands for the language learning part of the association. The common goal is to serve and enable the individual learner and develop a truly learner centric organization. The purpose of founding a “green field” organization has been to develop organizational structures utilizing the most from the potentials gained by the use of 3D media in education. TALKADEMY established itself in March 2007 as a not-for-profit organization with starting to use 3D spaces for language learning activities in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and English. Today also soft skill training, management skills and other topics from social science are covered. It quickly grew to a community of over 300 participants. TALKADEMY serves a growing number of universities, schools, companies and non-profit organizations to enable them to have first-hand learning experiences in 3D spaces. It provides teachers and trainers, content and infrastructure to host graded courses and diverse sub-communities. TALKADEMY is also engaged in EU projects in the “Lifelong learning program”, focussing on teacher education (train the trainer) in 3D spaces and the development of minority topics which may gain critical mass in a 3D space but not in a physical learning environment.