Entries by Arno Scharl

Live language analysis of Earth Hour tweets: how are people talking about Earth Hour?

by Diana Maynard and Kalina Bontcheva, the University of Sheffield Collective awareness about climate change is an ongoing problem because there is such a wealth of information available, which can be confusing, contradictory and difficult to interpret. In order to help citizens understand environmental concerns, and to help organisations better inform and target interested people […]

Analysing Earth Hour on Twitter

by Harith Alani and Miriam Fernandez The Open University Which Earth Hour tweets were more engaging than others? what topics people discuss during Earth Hour? Whom of Earth Hour followers tweeted about the event? and how do they differ from those who did not? These are some of the questions that intrigued us during these […]

How do we turn every citizen into a conscious and active citizen?

by Hester van Zuthem and Meia Wippoo WAAG society How do we get to a point where people not only share concerns, but also act upon them? How do we turn every citizen into a conscious and active citizen? Over the past two years, we have looked at what and how people, organisations, and governments […]

Living the change at home

by Christoph Meili WWF Switzerland Together we may change the world. Every single person has the power to reduce environmental impacts through individual engagement. In Switzerland, environmental awareness is high. However, people tend to struggle with adapting new environmental-friendly behaviour in daily life. IKEA not only wants to optimise its products, but also takes a […]

Visualising and understanding household electricity consumption

by Rik Temmink Green Energy Options (geo) In 2014, geo joined forces with a number of academic and charitable organisations including the Open University, the University of Sheffield and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the DecarboNet project, a 3-year research project funded by the European Commission aimed at investigating the potential of social platforms […]

Turn your message into action: How digital media enables grassroot activism

by Max Göbel Vienna University of Economics and Business The interaction between various digital media channels for information messaging is complex and non-transparent. WU is working on new algorithms to bring together the various online platforms to study information contagions in a coherent picture.

Earth Hour 2016 Edition of the Climate Challenge

by Arno Scharl MODUL University Vienna In collaboration with the organizers of Earth Hour 2016, the global environmental event that will take place next Saturday at 8.30 pm your local time, we are happy to announce a special edition of the Climate Challenge. www.ecoresearch.net/climate-challenge Earth Hour 2016 comes at a moment when the world stands at […]

Community workshops in Liverpool

The DecarboNet team thanks GTDT folks in Toxteth, Liverpool, for all the insightful discussions around bringing energy conservation to everyday life. In a series of  3 workshops we discussed values around energy saving, possibilities to change our energy use behaviour, and tips that can be shared. This exercise made clear to us that promoting energy savings is […]

D4.3: Algorithms for Tracking Information Diffusion Patterns

This document summarizes outcomes of work performed on identifying opinion leaders and prevalent dissemination paths across news and social media content streams. We report on both the required preprocessing and knowledge extraction steps as well as on the analytic methods developed to investigate information diffusion processes. Download Deliverable D4.3

The Energy Trial has started

DecarboNet energy trial has started with around 100 households in England. The participants received our energy monitors and joined Energynote, an online electricity monitoring service provided by GEO. They are now invited to explore the smart plugs to learn about using individual appliances more efficiently. There is more to come in 2016!