The Research Network for Environmental Online Communication (ECOresearch presents and promotes interactive technologies for bringing together stakeholders of different disciplines and geographic regions to explore the design, implementation and evaluation of new media applications that advocate sustainability and the protection of natural ecosystems. Technology showcases such as the Media Watch on Climate Change and the Climate Resilience Toolkit build upon the webLyzard media monitoring and Web intelligence platform, which is continually being extended and refined through research projects on natural language processing, information extraction, visual analytics and semantic technologies.

As part of an active research collaboration between Austrian and international partner organizations, the Media Watch is currently being transformed from a news and social media aggregator into a Climate Change Collaboratory including advanced support of real-time collaboration among environmental stakeholders, as well as the Climate Quiz, a Facebook application in the tradition of games with a purpose.

The latest release of the platform was presented in a paper for the 46th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (see current HICSS-47 Call for Papers on Decision Support for Sustainability).