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German Federation for Biological Data

Sep 01, 2015 — Aug 31, 2018

The German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio) is a sustainable, service oriented, national data infrastructure facilitating data sharing for biological and environmental research. The infrastructure supports scientists in all aspects of research data management covering the complete life cycle of data.The provided services include the creation of Data Management Plans (DMP), provision of tools for data acquisition, data publication in long-term archives as well as platforms for data ...

Hybrid Knowledge Interactions

Hybrid Knowledge Interactions (HKX)

Apr 01, 2016 — Dec 31, 2018

Working with physical objects is an essential part of a wide range of research processes such as in archeology, medicine, architecture, and design. These research processes with physical objects are especially challenging in two regards: (1) for providing direct access to physical objects for globally distributed teams and (2) for keeping track of all participants current perspectives on the object and their evolving knowledge base regarding an object’s knowledge.  In this project, we aim to ...

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Human-Centered Computing Lab / Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Nov 01, 2016 — Oct 31, 2019

The Natural History Museum in Berlin (Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science) is the largest of its kind in Germany and is among the top 10 world-wide. The museum is home to over 30 Mio. collection objects, more than 250 researchers and more than 400 research assistants as well as PhD students, from disciplines such as biology, paleontology, mineralogy and information science. Behind the publicly accessible spaces, these researchers work on manyfold ...

Innovonto - Ideas2Market


Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn

Nov 01, 2016 — Oct 31, 2019

One of the main processes in innovation is the generation of ideas for new applications of technologies. Research has shown that new ideas can be greatly enhanced through seeing ideas of collaborating individuals (contrary to the "lone inventor" myth). Online crowd platforms provide a promising approach for supporting such collaborative ideation process due to the heterogeneity of the crowd (each person brings unique knowledge and points of views). To leverage online crowds to generate even ...


Semantic Annotation for Digital Humanities

Jan 01, 2014 — Dec 31, 2018

The HCC.lab investigates how semantic annotations can enrich scholars' knowledge creation work. Our semantic annotation software neonion enables scholars (and other users) to annotate semantic concepts in text documents, link annotated concepts to existing linked-data entities, for example from Wikidata, and finally extend their knowledge by integrating relevant, additional knowledge from these external sources. With the help of neonion as a research environment and its users, we want to ...

Projects — finished

Collaborative Ontology Development

Feb 01, 2015 — Jan 31, 2018

The Wikipedia project showed that community-based knowledge-generation can produce and maintain a knowledge-base of high quality. While Wikipedia is human-readable, the WikiData project aims at building a machine-readable knowledge representation, which can be interpreted as an ontology. These ontologies can be thought of a backbone of the semantic web - a machine-readable world wide web. Similar to Wikipedia, a community formed around WikiData. Although we know, that the community established ...


Design and implementation Girls'Day WebApp

Jan 01, 2015 — Jun 30, 2015

For the Girls' Day web application at Freie Universität Berlin the HCC.lab developed a concept for an appropriate user interaction design, the information design as well as the user interface design. The web application offers girls at the age of 10 till 15 years possibilities to register for the Girls' Day workshops at the FU Berlin, get information and manage their profile information. The web application requires to be easy to use for even the younger girls. Our interaction design, ...

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Entrepreneurial Network University

Apr 01, 2014 — Jan 31, 2018

Freie Universität Berlin collaborated with Charité successfully in the competition EXIST IV of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in January 2013, under the topic “Entrepreneurial Network University” (ENU). Freie Universität Berlin receives EUR 2.8 millions from the BMWi for their spin-off promotion concept. The project duration is five years initially. A subsequent continuation is expected. “Entrepreneurship Education” is one of central concerns of ENU.  ...

ELAP - Implementation Landing Page

Heuristic Evaluation of ELAP - An Educational Material Platform

Feb 10, 2014 — Apr 28, 2014

The ELAP web application is envisioned to serve as a platform used by professors and educational staff to find and share teaching material related to entrepreneurship education. It is developed by the Entrepreneurial Network University of Freie Universität Berlin. The HCC.lab conducts a heuristic evaluation at an early stage of the developing process of the ELAP platform. From the beginning, the goal of the ELAP team is a high user’ acceptance towards the platform and therefore, a ...

Integrating Automotive Sensor Data

Apr 12, 2013 — Jul 12, 2013

Modern cars are equipped with a variety of sensors that have not been used for out-of-car applications, yet. For example, the fuel usage (miles per gallon) could be used to feed a game that shows the environmental impact of the driving style, thus creating a challenge to drive green. In this project the company Carmeq provided an interface to the raw internal sensor data of a car and asked for ideas how to use the data to create new and innovative applications. Based on the user-centred-design ...

Smart Mobility

Apr 13, 2012 — Jul 13, 2012

Going on a business trip is a routine activity for many employees, but the processes to plan, book and the way of travelling have changed in recent years. We have online booking sites, Mitfahrgelegenheiten and car sharing. "Improving the experience for their travelling employees while making business trips more cost efficient" was the challenge the company Carmeq presented to us. Based on the design thinking method four student teams worked on different aspects of the challenge. After a ...

Course Builder Module

Usability Analysis and Redesign of Course Builder Module in Educational Material Platform

Apr 24, 2015 — Dec 18, 2015

The ELAP web application is envisioned to serve as a platform used by professors and educational staff to find and share teaching material related to entrepreneurship education. It is developed by the Entrepreneurial Network University of Freie Universität Berlin. Based on the results of the first project that addressed the initial structural characteristics of the platform, in this new projects focusses on one  main feature - the  course builder module. Educator can use this module to ...

User Research for new Girls'Day WebApp

Oct 14, 2013 — May 15, 2014

For the new Girls' Day web application of the Freie Universität Berlin the HCC.lab conducted a user-centered and usability-oriented requirement analysis. The requirement analysis is based on the following pillars: interviews with several stakeholders of previous Girls' Days, investigation of existing Girls' Day documents, especially a Girls' Day report from 2008, a review of the existing Girls' Day software, existing other software for kids and research about software design for children. The ...