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5. August 2022

IT for the aging society presents itself at Berliner Methodentreffen (Berlin Method Meeting) 2022

Four members of the chair “Business Informatics, in particular IT for the aging society”, of Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller, participated in the 17th Berlin Method Meeting (BMT) on July 29 and 30, 2022, where they presented the participatory research design anchored at the chair.

David Struzek, Richard Paluch, Dennis Kirschsieper, and Sven Bittenbinder explained the concept of “PRAXLABS” (https://praxlabs.de/) using four different projects as examples and contrasted the different levels of participation in the different settings. In addition, the researchers reported on common challenges in integrating different stakeholder groups and prepared the many findings in the form of a poster.

The Berlin Method Meeting consists of numerous research workshops and workshops. Richard Paluch and David Struzek presented their research in the research workshops “Qualitative Content Analysis” and “Participatory Research”. Richard Paluch discussed the “Development of a Reflective Instrument to Evaluate Robotic Systems for Nursing” in the “Qualitative Content Analysis” session. David Struzek presented “Development of socio-technical support systems for motivating and maintaining physical activity in public spaces ” in the “Participatory Research” event.

The Berlin Method Meeting has been imparting knowledge from the field of qualitative research and ethnography since 2005 (further information: https://berliner-methodentreffen.de/).

From the left: Richard Paluch, Dennis Kirschsieper, David Struzek and Sven Bittenbinder in front of their poster „Teilhabe durch Technik? Entwicklung von technischen Artefakten mit und für vulnerable Gruppen“
21. June 2022

Online presentation of the iDESkmu DMS sample workstation on 02.06.2022

The project iDESkmu (“inclusive document management systems and enterprise content management systems in small and medium-sized enterprises, administrations and self-help associations”) will present the DMS sample workplace online at the Berufsbildungswerk (BBW) of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) in Soest on 02.06.2022 from 10:00.

In the project “iDESkmu” researches and tests since 2019 different approaches to maintain and create barrier-free IT workplaces with a focus on blind and visually impaired people and document management systems.

In the consortium, the University of Siegen, Chair of “Business Informatics, in particular IT for the aging society” around Mrs. (Vertr.) Prof’in Dr. Claudia Müller, takes over, among other things, the practical research, consisting of requirement analyses, participatory design and conception methods as well as the evaluation of the results and their sustainability.

The DMS sample workstation is an outcome of the project, which will run until August 2022.


3. December 2021

Announcement: 3rd Day of Inclusion at the University of Siegen with participation of the department “Information Systems, especially IT for the aging society”.

On December 7, 2021, the Service Office Inclusive University of Siegen, in cooperation with the Center for the Advancement of University Teaching, is organizing a project day on the topic of inclusion in line with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which has been proclaimed as a day of remembrance by the United Nations.

Topic: How can digitality be designed to be inclusive and barrier-free in the future?

Sven Bittenbinder, research associate at the department of Information Systems, in especially IT for the aging society under the direction of Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller, will report on the research project iDESkmu (www.projekt-ideskmu.de).
In addition, there will be many other interesting and exciting presentations on the topic of inclusion and accessibility.

The event is an “open” event. So you can simply join in as you wish via Zoom (video conference).

The dial-in data and further detailed information can be found in the invitation and program for the Day of Inclusion.

17. December 2020

Kickoff for the Local Urban Movement Laboratory (“Siegener Bewegungslabor”)

Researchers at the University of Siegen together with actors from sports, dance, arts and the city of Siegen work to bring the joy of movement into the city with the use of digital applications on site.

How can we encourage more enjoyment of movement, especially in the city? And how can digital tools help – whether alone or with others, at home or in the office or outside? To answer these questions about sports and exercise in urban space, experts from the University of Siegen are collaborating with relevant local stakeholders. (more…)

27. November 2020

Increase quality – research qualitatively

Today, user-centered and participatory design methods have become indispensable in modern HCI research and user-centered development. Use of such methods can help us to gain realistic insights into current practices, co-produce sustainable concepts and solutions and understand how digital tools can be appropriated in a more sustainable way.

For this reason, the Chair of Information Systems, especially IT for the Ageing Society, is organizing an introduction to the topic of qualitative research on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
We cordially invite you to be there!

Participation in the event is free and takes place via Zoom. Use the link below on Wednesday December 2nd, 2020:

Not only students of the University of Siegen are welcome, but everyone who is interested in qualitative research in user-centered design.

We look forward to numerous participants and feel free to share this invitation.

15. November 2020

Design workshop to promote the development and testing of accessible software

In the iDESkmu project (including document management systems and enterprise content management systems in medium-sized companies; website www.projekt-ideskmu.de) we want to promote the availability of barrier-free software and raise awareness of its necessity.

An important milestone for this goal is to make the creation and testing of barrier-free software as easy as possible, even for people without expert knowledge. To this end, the University of Siegen and the project partners organized a design workshop in October and discussed with the future target groups what is necessary to simplify accessibility tests. (more…)

28. October 2020

Meet & Greet for the winter semester 2020/21: Who we are which courses we offer

Welcome to the new semester at the University of Siegen!

Last week at the Meet & Greet our colleagues and we, the research group “Business Informatics, especially IT for the Aging Society” introduced ourselves. We not only talked about ourselves, but also about our projects and the teaching offered.

As requested by you, we are happy to provide you with the presentation and the information it contains

9. October 2020

Invitation to a design workshop for an accessibility test tool

The development of self-applicable and easily understandable test criteria is an important milestone in raising awareness for accessible software. One of the aims of the iDESkmu project (including document management systems and enterprise content management systems in medium-sized companies) is to design and develop a test tool for barrier-free software and easy access to test criteria and catalogs.

In order to determine what requirements such a test tool must have in practice, we are looking for representatives (co-researchers) from different groups of actors to jointly define requirements, functionality and “design” of the test tool in a design workshop. We are looking for companies, employees and developers not only from the DMS / ECMS area as well as specialists for accessibility. (more…)

1. October 2020

Sensitization and barrier-free software development in practice

As part of the iDESkmu project, the University of Siegen with the chairs “Business Informatics / IT for the Aging Society” and “Business Informatics and New Media” is researching various topics in the area of accessibility.

The iDESkmu consortium also consists of the BSV Hamburg e.V., HAVI Solutions GmbH & Co. KG and other experts in the field of accessibility.

One of the aims of this project is to sensitize companies to the advantages of developing and using accessible software and to show how companies, developers and employees with and without (visual) disabilities can benefit from accessible software.

For this project, the University of Siegen is looking for co-researchers in the region and throughout Germany who will support the project with the opportunity to do research with them, examine working practices and conduct interviews through to completion, as well as continuous exchange and independent research.

The consortium is supported by a company from the region that raises awareness and tests software for accessibility: bitfarm Archiv GmbH

Together with Heino Schneider, managing director of bitfarm, the project team has already carried out field research at and with the company, the analysis of which has provided valuable insights for the project and its further course. Thanks for that!

It is gratifying to see that there are already companies in the region who have thought about the issue of accessibility or will do so now.

If you would like to know more or support us with the project, please do not hesitate to contact us

Dr. Fabiano Pinatti     Sven Bittenbinder
Room: US-E 114 (Campus Unteres Schloss)     Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
Phone: 0271 740 – 2002     Phone: 0271 740 – 4470
E-Mail: fabiano.pinatti(at)uni-siegen.de     E-Mail: sven.bittenbinder(at)uni-siegen.de



Following some pictures of a field trip:

accessibility experts at work
An accessibility auditor sits in front of the application to be checked.
Results are discussed and evaluated with the other two auditors.
the application is inspected with a magnifier
The application is shown enlarged so that every single element can be checked.
Every check step and its results are documented
One of the auditors records each result in the test report on the laptop
30. July 2020

Invitation of the United Nations Department “Economic and Social Affairs” to participate in expert discussion

Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller will take part in the virtual expert exchange on the topic “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: The role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” from August 4 to 8, 2020, at the invitation of Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Inclusive Social Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. She represents the topics “Ageing & Digitisation” as deputy chairperson of the 8th Ageing Report Commission of the Federal Government as well as “Participation-oriented and sustainable technology design”.

30. July 2020

Publication Prize of the DGA

Richard Paluch, research associate in the research area of Business Informatics, in particular IT for the Aging Society, was selected by the German Society of Audiology (DGA) for the Publication Prize 2019. He will be awarded the prize during the online conference on September 3, 2020.

18. June 2020

SINN-i project partners on a research trip to South Africa

As part of the BMBF-funded third-party project "SINN-i", David Struzek travelled with project partners of the Technical University of Munich, the Innovationsmanufaktur (Munich) and of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC) to South Africa at the beginning of January 2020. Through the visit to Stellenbosch and Durban the team was able to establish important contacts and gain helpful impressions for the project "Active City Innovation" on site, which will enrich further research in the experimental scenario "Public Dance".

 Further information about the trip can be found in the current SINN-i newsletter: PDF

Carinus Lemmer (Stellenbosch Fietsry NPC), Franziska Krüger (Innovationsmanufaktur), Hugo Gabele (University of Applied Sciences Esslingen), Fozzy Moritz (Innovationsmanufaktur), Nicolette Booyens (SEED), Armin Falkenhein (ADFC Bayern), Jan Ellinger (TUM), David Struzek (University Siegen))

Carinus Lemmer (Stellenbosch Fietsry NPC), Franziska Krüger (Innovation Manufacture), Hugo Gabele (University of Applied Sciences Esslingen), Fozzy Moritz (Innovation Manufacture), Nicolette Booyens (SEED), Armin Falkenhein (ADFC Bayern), Jan Ellinger (TUM), David Struzek (University Siegen))

18. June 2020

Call for tender for various final/project work within the IDES KMU project

The assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society” offers a range of new topics for project and final theses.

The different topics revolve around the topic of “accessibility” in the context of IT workplaces and include field studies and technical (further) developments of supporting tools.

You will find all advertised topics on the website of the assistant professorship “Business Informatics, esp. IT for the aging society“.

If you have your own topic ideas, please let us know your suggestions.

Info: https://italg.wineme.uni-siegen.de/en/abschlussarbeiten/

Contact for project and thesis work around barrier-free IT and barrier-free IT workplaces:

Sven Bittenbinder

Room: US-E 117 (Campus Unteres Schloss)
 Phone: 0271 740-4470
 Mail: sven.bittenbinder@uni-siegen.de

10. April 2020

Call for proposals for the Master’s thesis – Participatory website design for a caring community project in Switzerland

Our Collaborative Research Center Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society is writing a master thesis with the title:

Collaborative and participatory design of media of cooperation for caring communities – Participatory website design for caring community project in Switzerland

The existing cooperation of the Junior Professorship IT for the Ageing Society at the University of Siegen with the research group Ageing at home of the Careum Hochschule Gesundheit (Zurich, Switzerland) offers the opportunity to write a final thesis on the participatory design of a project website within the framework of subproject A05 – Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Ageing Society of the SFB Media of the cooperation.

The final thesis will be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss project CareComLabs, which has already established 3 Living Labs in Switzerland. The participatory approach is central here. Together with actors of the emerging caring communities, their internet presence will be designed. In addition to the design of the website, the conception, implementation and reflection of the participatory design process are also part of the final thesis.

Click here for the announcement of the Master’s thesis – Participative Website Design for Caring Community Project in Switzerland

13. March 2020

Radio interview lifetime (Deutschlandfunk): Outside in front of and disconnected, living without internet

Some live, at least temporarily, without the Internet out of conviction, others have no other choice in the dead zone: more than eleven million people in Germany are digitally on the sidelines. Especially women of retirement age with low education are permanently offline. In this radio interview on the Lifespan program of Deutschlandfunk, Claudia Müller, together with BAGSO Vice Chairwoman Dr. Regine Görner and moderator Andreas Stopp, talks to listeners on the phone about their experiences and motivations regarding the Internet and digitization.

Not everyone feels left behind, many of them deliberately use other ways to obtain information or maintain contacts. But at the latest when bank transfers, tax returns or travel can only be handled online, the question of equal participation in society arises. To what extent are senior citizens particularly affected? Are there enough purely analogue offers or are these discontinued models? Will citizens sooner or later be forced to buy appropriate equipment and acquire Internet skills? Will PCs and smartphones open up new horizons and contact possibilities for them, making their everyday lives easier? Or will it complicate their analog form of existence?

Click here for the whole radio interview Lebenszeit (Deutschlandfunk – Only in german): Living without Internet.