The Applications workgroup focuses primarily on the two main goals:
- identification of broader user needs, ideas and issues relating to search ecosystems and data privacy
- development of multiple privacy-focused open-search-based application prototypes and making them available to the broader public
As a first step in reaching those goals, aims to complete the following projects:
- Broad user survey for identification of further needs, ideas and issues of the current search ecosystem.
- First application prototype focused on search and exploration of the search index bibliometric data.
Open Search Survey
The project’s goal is to identify users’ needs, expectations and worries concerning open search solutions and their privacy. Furthermore, this project aims to identify potential new application ideas for enhancing and using an open search index and, with that, drive further R&D efforts.
A preliminary survey was already conducted on a smaller scale. Based on our experiences and observations, we plan on modifying the survey and proving it on a larger scale to a more heterogeneous audience later this year.
This project would greatly benefit from experts in user evaluation and user privacy.
Open Reference Manager
This project aims to develop an open reference manager web application for bibliometric data from the open search index. It will leverage advanced visualizations, recommender system approaches, text analysis and user privacy approaches to provide a state of the art privacy-focused solution for anyone exploring scientific publications.
This project welcomes experts in the approaches above and anyone with a passion for developing state of the art Front-end and Backend solutions.
This is how we work
Our meetings are structured as project updates followed by open discussions and planning for the upcoming month. Anyone with knowledge, experience or interest in application development, user surveying or user privacy is invited to join us and contribute their ideas.
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month at 3 pm (GMT +2)
Do you have questions? Want to join us?
Great! Please send a mail to
Prof. Dr. Melanie Platz
Chair of Didactics of Primary Education – Focus on Mathematics,
Saarland University, Germany
CERN, Switzerland and Graz University of Technology, Austria
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Christian Guetl
Head of CoDiS Lab, Graz University of Technology, Austria