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 the DecarboNet research project and ongoing collaboration between Austrian and international partner organizations, the Media Watch on Climate Change is currently being transformed from a news and social media aggregator into a collective awareness platform including advanced support of real-time collaboration among citizens and environmental stakeholders. It will also serve as a knowledge repository for the upcoming Climate Challenge, a social media competition in the tradition of games with a purpose.

The platform was presented in a recent IEEE Internet Computing article, a recent expert workshop of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Switzerland, and at the 46th Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences (see current HICSS-48 Call for Papers on Decision Support for Sustainability).


The Slideshare presentation outlines how to extract and visualize environmental knowledge from online sources, and how semantic technologies can contribute to integrated monitoring solutions and the identification of emerging issues.