On 1st and 2nd February all eight partners of the SOCIALCARE project met in Linz to evaluate and further discuss the evolution of the project.
The meetings were hosted by Austrian partners, LIFEtool gemeinnütziger GmbH and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. The two day setting allowed for in-depth discussions and analysis, demonstrations of results and mock-ups, as well as review of new ideas.The first principle of the SOCIALCARE project is to involve end-users in every aspect of the project.
Day 1 was user-centered and focused on the information gathered through end-user interviews that were conducted in both the Netherlands and Austria. The interviews took into account the various groups of end-users the project aims to serve. The main objective of this part of the meeting was to analyse the various requirements and interpret these requirements in ways that best serve the end-users.We closed the evening with a social event, which gave us the possibility to have one-on-one discussions amongst the various participants.
Day 2 focused of two aspects of the project, technology and the sustainability of the SOCIALCARE platform. The main discussion in terms of technology was the translation of the user-requirements into technological solutions that also take into account important end-user matters such as privacy and ethics.
JOIN Research Officer Georg Aumayr presented the results of the JOIN deliverables. He emphasized the value of volunteer motivation as the key in ensuring the sustainability of the platform. He also spoke of the issues raised by the end-users, such as volunteer verification and privacy guarantees.
Another task to be headed by the JOIN Office is the dissemination strategy and how to measure the benchmarks of outreach are met. Georg Aumayr introduced the various tools to be used to this aim and explained how each benchmark can be measured.
Each aspect of the meeting was introduced by presenting the deliverables as due until the end of January 2016. During the various presentations, the different partners had the opportunity to weigh in on the results and propose solutions to difficulties and hurdles encountered by the presenting partners. The end of each presentation resulted in a structured plan to move forward.The meeting ended in the early evening of 2nd February and was considered a success by all partners.
Picture by University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria