.dcall projects 2020 - Focus Groups

Winning projects of the .dcall Focus Groups 2020

.dcall FCG 2020 gave all participants of a focus group the opportunity to draw up project proposals, which can then be implemented with participants of the same focus group, other focus groups and experts at TU Wien. The winning projects give a good impression of the committed work undertaken in the focus groups.

Project Short description
Smart Campus

The aim of the project is the development, construction and testing of a prototype within the project period of one year. The prototype consists of a process model and a building simulation model. Over the relatively short period of the project, this prototype is the basis for the establishment and long-term development of the following objectives:

  • Scientific data will be taken as the basis for the redevelopment of the library building. Measures and their effects will be made visible.
  • A busy building is available as a living lab for research and teaching. Various disciplines will be interlinked and work together on a simulation model (e.g. Architecture, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering)
  • The data gathered are made available as open data based on the FAIR data principles.
  • Through the library's data visualisation lab, students and other users will obtain a direct visualisation of research data and the research projects resulting from the data. The project thus also contributes to transferring knowledge to the community and/or the university's third mission.

Project lead: Christine Hax-Noske

Implementing a digital workflow in the Dean's Office for Structural Engineering taking account of the requirements of digital long-term archiving

Digital workflows will be implemented everywhere at the TU. This project should thus stand out because of the support provided by the archive for the processes of the TISS team, TU.it, InfoSec and questions regarding regulated archiving. In this respect, it is to also be understood as a pilot project for general records management at TU Wien, as our workgroup at least was calling very clearly for standard guidelines, as far as possible, for the documentation of data (for reasons of legal certainty, traceability and handover in the event of colleagues leaving). Eventually, there should be an interface from the DMS to the archive, in accordance with a records life-cycle. Via the specific objective of clarity and cutover of processes to the Dean's Office for Structural Engineering, the minimum requirements for a digital records management system should be defined. Project leads: Ramona Schneider-Lauscher, Paulus Ebner

Interdisciplinary sharing and use of environmental data at TU Wien (FAIR2environment)

The FAIR2environment project focuses on the following three objectives.

  • Environmental data from the disciplines of earth observation, air chemistry and hydrology, which are of interest to the participating faculties for further research, are initially reviewed for their compatibility using FAIR principles and their meta data are aligned with each other.
  • The modified environmental data are maintained in a repository available at TU Wien. This is done manually to begin with. Automated, scalable processes for uploading the various environmental data will be developed with the aim of subsequent integration with alternative data or data still to be processed.
  • Modified access for TU Wien users to the updated environmental data
With these objectives, initial use of an existing repository at TU Wien should be optimised for geodata and outlined for interdisciplinary issues.

Project lead: Wolfgang Wagner

Jupyter as a Service (JAAS)

The aim of the project is a fully digitalised staging of a lecture and tutorial with 200+ students with optimised time and space requirement. In this sense, students and TU Wien benefit equally from the project. In the course of the project, technical infrastructure would also be constructed, which would benefit other faculties at TU Wien for courses stored in a similar way. This should be achieved by:

  • Implementing a fail-safe server-based and web-based programming environment that is standard for all courses and accessible in the same way for all students: Jupyter as a Service (JaaS)
  • Integration of the JaaS environment in TUWEL
  • Implementation of an automatic system for evaluating the practical course element (nbgrader for reviewing programming tasks) and their integration in TUWEL
  • Processing the evaluation of the theoretical course element using existing TUWEL resources
  • Online teaching materials (as already being implemented as a result of the current coronavirus crisis)

With these technical developments, many new methods and tools will be established in TUWEL and tested in courses. The redesigning of this course will be led by the didactics concept that teaching objectives, teaching methods and evaluation methods are aligned with each other, whereby the teaching objective is defined from the student's perspective.

A longer term aim is the long-term availability of the infrastructure created in the sense of the blueprint for other courses.

Project lead: Gottfried Mandlburger

Process optimisation by implementing a digital case management system at TU Wien
  • Provision of a generic case management solution based on Alfresco, the enterprise content management software
  • Clearly defined digital processes in the field of administration/study
  • Increased efficiency as a result of structured metadata and search facility
  • Integration into the existing application landscape
  • Creation of a sophisticated database for analyses and subsequent use in other applications

Project lead: Wolfgang Spreicer

Video-Webrecording as a Service (VWaaS)

This project, by implementing a minimum viable product (MVP), constitutes the first step towards a standard, easy-to-use and long-term comprehensive "TU Wien video portal" solution in teaching, research and the third mission at TU Wien. After completing this pilot project, low threshold access should provide the opportunity of recording videos without any additional hardware or software. Project lead: Katarzyna Anna Potocka

Virtual Building Data Tool

In future, the virtual building data tool should enable three-dimensional building inspections and the survey of building data from any location, even interactively. It should also support facility management implementation and project planning for reconstructions or renovations, as well as simplify existing processes.

Existing laser scan data are provided by means of a simple browser that is intuitive to use and is as low-threshold as possible to ensure consistent levels of quality in building documentation and to define new standards. Data is updated by means of strategic preliminary planning when laser scanning altered or new areas. Interfaces to conventional market systems such as SAP should also be considered as part of this.

Project lead: Jürgen Fränzer

Cluster Digital Media Classroom - Stream 1 and Stream 2

  • Surveying and evaluating digital infrastructures in lecture theatres

  • Integrated networking in TU media technology

  • Standardisation of interfaces for IT infrastructure and audiovisual hardware in media technology with particular reference to Apple devices

  • Teaching and learning scenarios in digital laboratories

Project leads: Andreas Körner, Heinz-Bodo Schmiedmayer, Jürgen Fränzer