SYNYO is an innovative company based in Vienna and structured into the divisions of research, development and consulting. Focused on "ICT & Society", SYNYO follows a research-oriented approach, holds in-depth expertise in technical development, social research, and merges these areas successfully within applied research projects. The SYNYO staff consists of highly motivated academics specialised in various technical fields, including software engineering, architecture design, proof of concept prototyping, application development, Social Media analytics and usability testing. SYNYO also covers various social research disciplines such as security research, technological sociology, mass media and conflict communication and social research methods. In various projects SYNYO uses innovative methods such as monitoring approaches or collective intelligence techniques to collect, filter and present user generated content and mass data out of social media.
SYNYO is the coordinator of the project leading WP1 (Project Management and Coordination) and WP4 (Proof of Concept and Demonstration Implementation). Thereby SYNYO is responsible for the overall project coordination, the support and management activities and the documentation of the whole project process. As the consortium leader, it monitors and coordinates project participants and stimulates dialogue and exchange throughout the project.
The University of Oxford is one of the world’s leading universities. It teaches and conducts research across the natural, medical and social sciences and humanities. The Oxford Internet Institute is a department in the University’s Social Science Division. Research in the Institute is arranged into four themes: governance and democracy; everyday life; the social shaping of technology; and science and learning. The Institute has 18 full-time academic staff, including political scientists, sociologists, economists, geographers and anthropologists. It also teaches 20 doctoral students and 20+ MSc students.Go to Website
Malmö University (MU) was founded in 1998 and is a young, modern and international university. It has about 25 000 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate education. Today it is the ninth largest higher educational institution in Sweden with five faculties and more than 20 academic departments. MU has more than 1,800 international students from almost 100 different countries from around the world. MU’s mission is to be an active hub for research, education, and innovation that benefit a global society. The research is often multidisciplinary and is frequently pursued in collaboration with partners from outside the university. The Department of Urban Studies has approximately 2.500 students and 90 staff members. Teaching and research are carried out with the long term goal of building sustainable and attractive cities. Three areas of focus are the mainstay of Urban Studies: Sustainable urban development, which focuses on leadership, organization and management of urban development processes; Culture and urban integration that focus on urban integration processes; Real estate, housing and environmental planning, which focus on construction, real estate business, property, housing and good living conditions.Go to Website
The Open Data Institute (ODI), founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt, was officially launched in December 2012. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan company, the ODI has a funded commitment to work with the UK Government (via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board) over the next five years. The institute seeks to offer the catalyst for the evolution of an open data culture, to create economic, environmental and social value. The ODI has strong links within the open data, public sector and tech communities, which will enable the project to reach out to a broad and appropriate audience. The ODI will be able to ensure there is an ongoing awareness of the project amongst those (publishers and consumers) who could exploit the results of the project. The ODI will engage directly with appropriate communities and act on feedback to increase the effectiveness and relevance of the project. This will contribute to ensuring those communities adopt the technology and that the project continues to have an impact after it is completed.Go to Website
The IT University of Copenhagen provides internationally leading teaching and research that supports the creation of value with IT creation in Information Technology (IT). The IT University of Copenhagen is a one-faculty university with researchers focusing on IT, its use, design and development from as different disciplinary back grounds as sociology, performance arts, psychology, computer science, and mathematics. Strong research groups focus on interaction design and software development. Hence cross- and interdisciplinary research has been a core focus from its beginning. Since its establishment, the IT University has had a tradition for close collaboration with other research organizations as well as industry and professional and industrial bodies, nationally as well as internationally. In the UrbanData2Decide Project, the IT University cooperates with Copenhagen Municipality around the use of both open data and data harvested from social media to support decision process for spatial planning and urban renewal. The IT University will lead WP2 developing the architecture and design of the UD2D framework and the proof of concept demonstrator.Go to Website
ZSI, Centre for Social Innovation, is an independent private non-profit institute, established in Vienna 1990 to connect scientific and practical knowledge in support of social innovation to benefit an open and solidly united society. With some 60 employees, ZSI provides research, advisory services to public institutions, civil society organizations, network co-ordination as well as education providers.
ZSI is one of thematic leaders in research and promotion of social innovation. Social innovation is approached from three different perspectives: (1) Work and Equal Opportunities centred on innovative topics in the field of labour market and social policy; (2) Technology and Knowledge conducting scientific research on social conditions and results of the practical use of technology being closely related to the social organisation (3) Research policy and development mostly within projects at the interface between research and application with focus on innovative topics and methodological diversity. One of the related core competencies of the Centre for Social Innovation is facilitating processes for participatory development and evaluation. Participatory processes capture needs of end users and stakeholders throughout the development processes and those needs are revisited as the overall understanding of context and available options increases.
The project consortium works together in close collaboration with the Major Cities of Europe Network, the City of Malmö, the City of Oxford, and the City of Manchester on several use cases in the field of urban renewal, urban safety and security.