Projects

  • Karl Wöber, Irem Önder
    Benchmarking Webanalytics of European Destinations

    Modern day tourism organizations use standard general-purpose software tools, such as Google Analytics to collect and report website statistics. But to the standardized key performance indicators (KPIs) provided by these tools really provide added value? What insights do they provide? How can they be applied in an effective way? It is of outmost importance to find KPIs that are linked to the objectives of every tourism organization. General-purpose tools are good in improving an individual’s website content or for identifying and solving usability issues. However, they are not capable of providing meaningful, industry specific information. Moreover, web analytics need to move from a technology driven, standardized reporting function towards a business objective centered approach, which provides useful information to managers. The purpose of this project is to create a unique platform for destinations, to compare and benchmark their website with other destination websites. In addition, it gives the opportunity to create online marketing projects based on the demographics of their website visitors, compare the number of visitors from source market versus number of website visitors from the same source market, and opportunities for forecasting.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Karl Wöber, Irem Önder

    Date: 01.10.2015 -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Bozana Zekan, Irem Önder, Karl Wöber
    City Tourism Performance Monitors – Methodology of Data Collection in Cities

    Development of an instrument for collecting information about systems measuring city tourism performance worldwide. Data form and questionnaire for the expert interviews with destination management organizations (DMOs) that were developed include the most current, measurable, objective, and replicable information.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Bozana Zekan, Irem Önder, Karl Wöber

    Date: 01.03.2016 - 31.08.2016

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Arno Scharl, Sabine Sedlacek
    Climate Change Collaboratory (Triple-C)

    The Climate Change Collaboratory (Triple-C) aims to strengthen the relations between environmental stakeholders who recognize the need for climate change adaptation and mitigation, but differ in their specific worldviews, goals and agendas. For this purpose, the collaboratory provides tools to manage expert knowledge as well as a context-sensitive environment for creating and editing documents in a collaborative manner. Building upon the award-winning technology behind the Media Watch on Climate Change, the user's semantic context is provided by a real-time synchronization framework for rendering advanced visualizations including information landscapes, geographic projections, and ontology graphs. Innovative survey instruments in the tradition of “games with a purpose” create shared meaning through collaborative ontology building, and leverage the extensive user base of social networking platforms to capture indicators of environmental attitudes, lifestyles and behaviors. Two project workshops help align Triple-C with the research activities of its associate partners, increase the project’s visibility, and foster the collaboration with leading international organizations.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of New Media Technology

    Author: Arno Scharl, Sabine Sedlacek

    Date: 01.03.2010 - 20.09.2012

    Managed By: Department of New Media Technology

  • Egon Smeral
    Consumption-/Travel behaviour at medium-term economic stagnation

    The study primarily analyzes the consumption/travel behaviour at stagnating/decreasing permanent income. Main focus of the study is the quantification of income/budget shifting from „non-neccessary“ consumer goods (i.e. travels, diverse luxury goods) towards „neccessary“ consumer goods (i.e. expeditures for daily needs) and increased „cautionary saving“ at stagnating/decreasing available personal real income.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Egon Smeral

    Date: 01.03.2016 -

    Managed By: Department of Tourism and Service Management

  • Dimitris Christopoulos
    CROSSTRADE, Informal Trade and Cross-Border Integration in West Africa

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

    Author: Dimitris Christopoulos

    Date: 01.01.2012 - 01.01.2014

    Managed By: Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

  • Dimitris Christopoulos
    CROSSWATER, The management of water resources in the Rhine basin

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

    Author: Dimitris Christopoulos

    Date: 01.01.2015 - 01.01.2017

    Managed By: Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

  • Kristof Tomej
    Danube river cruises: Impacts on the tourism industry of Vienna

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna

    Author: Kristof Tomej

    Date: 01.09.2016 - 01.07.2017

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Arno Scharl
    DecarboNet

    DecarboNet is a research project funded by the European Commission to investigate the potential of social platforms in mitigating climate change. Engaging the public in energy debates and encouraging behaviour change are essential strategies for reducing energy consumption and saving our planet. Studies show that information and technology alone are insufficient for changing behaviour towards more sustainable lifestyle choices, and that what is needed is a combination of socio-technical interventions. How to raise awareness collectively by means of social platforms and how to transform it into behaviour change are some of the challenges addressed by the project’s research agenda. DecarboNet is funded by CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability & Social Innovation), a FP7 and H2020 research programme of the European Commission to enable new forms of social innovation and leverage emerging network effects by combining social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from the “Internet of Things”, increasing awareness and identifying possible solutions to problems that require collective efforts. Witness emerging DecarboNet technologies in action by exploring the Media Watch on Climate Change, participating in the Climate Challenge, or using the faceted search of the Climate Resilience Toolkit.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of New Media Technology

    Author: Arno Scharl

    Date: 01.10.2013 - 30.11.2016

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Astrid Dickinger
    Destinationsimage und die Online-Welt

    Organisations: Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Astrid Dickinger

    Date: 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2016

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt
    Development and test of instruments for sustainability information and communication

    Development and test of instruments for guest information in the field of sustainable food in order to improve the sustainability balance of businesses and to fix the concept of sustainable food in the perception of guests

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt

    Date: 01.07.2016 - 01.07.2017

    Managed By: Department of Tourism and Service Management

  • Arno Scharl, Marta Sabou, Stefan Gindl, Alexander Hubmann-Haidvogel
    DIVINE - Dynamic Integration and Visualization of Information from Multiple Evidence Sources

    DIVINE integrates data from structured, unstructured and social sources to build information spaces. Lightweight seed ontologies act as focal points for integrating new evidence from third-party sources. Since such evidence is inherently uncertain, source-specific transformation rules assign confidence values to newly acquired pieces of knowledge.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of New Media Technology

    Author: Arno Scharl, Marta Sabou, Stefan Gindl, Alexander Hubmann-Haidvogel

    Date: 01.07.2011 - 31.12.2013

    Managed By: Department of New Media Technology

  • Irem Önder, Karl Wöber
    ECM Benchmarking Report

    Tourism organizations need internationally comparable statistical data on the present structure of the industry as well as on historical and future trends. Based on reliable information, strategies and operational plans are implemented, monitored and where necessary, modified in response to feedback from the market. ECM Benchmarking Report covers the information needs of city tourism managers and is based on the data collected by TourMIS. It has a distinct focus on the strategic and competitive position of European city destinations and thus equips destination managers with important trends and recent developments in the European city tourism business. The prime objective of the ECM Report is to convert complex statistical data to easily accessible and comprehensive managerial information mainly by graphical presentation of charts.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Irem Önder, Karl Wöber

    Date: 01.02.2009 -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Lidija Lalicic
    ECM Meeting Statistics Report

    Performance comparison of the meetings industry (corporate and non-corporate)

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Lidija Lalicic

    Date: 01.03.2016 -

    Managed By: Department of Tourism and Service Management

  • Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt
    Economic Relevance of Mountain Biking as a Leisure and Tourism Activity

    Mountain biking is seen as one of the core summer tourist activities in Austria in particular in mountainous regions and the bike industry continuously stirs the demand with new bike technologies. A recent debate revolves around the advantages and disadvantages of general opening of public and private owned forests for mountain bikers in Austria. Up to now mountain biking in forests is only allowed after approval of the land owner. The aim of the project was to assess the status quo of mountain biking in Austria as well as consequences of opening the forest tracks for mountain bikers. Potential consequences such as an increased volume of mountain bikers, user conflicts, accidents and security risks were to be evaluated. The expectations of all affected groups (mountain bikers, other nature users, touristic destinations) were examined. Eventually, the economic consequences of an opening were considered.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Hannes Antonschmidt

    Date: 01.07.2015 - 01.09.2016

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Sabine Sedlacek
    Energy Efficiency and the Real Estate Economy

    The project examines to what extent energy-saving building methods and / or energy efficiency of buildings are expressed in their market values. Because of lower energy consumption and the associated lower running costs more energy efficient real estate is expected to be preferred by consumers / users and will therefore obtain higher values than less energy-efficient buildings. These higher market prices represent an important market incentive for investment in more energy efficient building methods and utilities. Valuation is an important instrument for the real estate economy. Therefore, first the question is examined whether energy efficiency plays a role in valuation appraisals (and if yes, which). First national and international standards will be examined. Then valuation appraisals, which were used in real estate practice, will be analyzed by means of a content analysis and if necessary a meta analysis. Experts might mention energy efficiency in their appraisals and in the form of anticipated payments consider it in addition to the prescribed elements of the evaluation.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

    Author: Sabine Sedlacek

    Date: -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Margarethe Rammerstorfer
    Energy Efficiency Investments – GHG solutions for Europe

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of International Management

    Author: Margarethe Rammerstorfer

    Date: -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Marta Sabou, Adrian Brasoveanu, Irem Önder, Arno Scharl, Karl Wöber
    ETIHQ - Exposing Tourism Indicators as High Quality Linked Data

    Although the tourism domain heavily relies on complex decision making, it currently lacks decision support systems with the capability to seamlessly integrate and visualise data from multiple data sources of tourism (and other) indicators. Linked Data technologies, by contrast, especially when adopted at large scale, greatly facilitate data integration at the syntactic and semantic level alike by providing a uniform data encoding format. Such technologies also help to clearly specify the meaning of the data and to establish links between various datasets. In this project we will use Linked Data technologies to create a reference repository of tourism indicators (ETIHQ) by exposing the content of TourMIS, a major source of European tourism statistics, as high-quality Linked Data. We will ensure data quality by providing semantically rich vocabularies that will support (i) the specification of the meaning of tourism statistics and (ii) the provenance of the data items. To demonstrate the benefits of using Linked Data, we will design and implement a decision support system that makes use of the ETIHQ repository and leverages its detailed semantic specifications to provide appropriate access control mechanisms.

    Organisations: Department of New Media Technology, Department of Tourism and Service Management, MODUL University Vienna

    Author: Marta Sabou, Adrian Brasoveanu, Irem Önder, Arno Scharl, Karl Wöber

    Date: 01.10.2013 - 01.10.2014

    Managed By: Department of New Media Technology

  • Bozana Zekan, Karl Wöber
    European Cities Tourism Report

    Comprehensive overview of the European city tourism trends and competitiveness (including the benchmarking case study of 27 cities by applying data envelopment analysis), European air transport, as well as the case studies on low-cost airline services, smart tourism in smart cities, and the sharing economy.

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Bozana Zekan, Karl Wöber

    Date: 01.03.2016 - 31.08.2016

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Sabine Sedlacek, Andreas Zins, Verena Radinger-Peer
    Evaluierung der Initiativen im Bereich Kulinarik im Rahmen des Programms LE 07-13

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Tourism and Service Management

    Author: Sabine Sedlacek, Andreas Zins, Verena Radinger-Peer

    Date: 01.01.2014 -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

  • Sabine Sedlacek
    Evaluierung des Wiener Bildungsexports – Aspekte des indirekten Nutzens von Privatuniversitäten anhand des Fallbeispiels der MODUL University Vienna

    Organisations: MODUL University Vienna, Department of Public Governance and Sustainable Development

    Author: Sabine Sedlacek

    Date: -

    Managed By: MODUL University Vienna

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