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Champion: Harith Alani
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Participant(s):Keyur Dave, Miriam Fernandez, Lara Piccolo

Timeline:01 Oct 2013 - 30 Sep 2016



A Decarbonisation Platform for Citizen Empowerment and Translating Collective Awareness into Behavioural Change

The lack of collective awareness negatively impacts perceived personal efficacy, which hampers efforts to address societal problems. DecarboNet is a multidisciplinary effort to tackle this problem by identifying determinants of collective awareness, translating awareness into behavioural change, and providing novel methods to analyse and visualise the underlying processes.

DecarboNet will research and develop (i) generic tools to co-create knowledge with on-the-fly recommendations of related content from multiple sources; (ii) a cross-platform social media application to provide eco-feedback and engage citizens in games with a purpose; and (iii) methods to measure and predict behavioural change, and to capture collective awareness in a quantitative framework based on diffusion models and resonance patterns in public discourse.

DecarboNet is funded under the FP7 ICT call for Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation - CAPS. CAPS are ICT systems to leverage the crowds and the emerging "network effect" by combining distributed knowledge creation, with data from online social media and from real environments ("Internet of Things") in order to increase engagement and awareness of problems and possible solutions that require collective efforts and novel forms of social innovation.

  • Modul University
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Vienna
  • Green Energy Option
  • World Wide Fund Switzerland
  • Waag Society


28 Oct 2016

Allan Third

09 May 2016

Rachel Yarrien

25 Nov 2014

Harith Alani


Publications | Visit External Site for Details Publications | doi 

Alani, A. (2016) Application Design and Engagement Strategy of a Game with a Purpose for Climate Change Awareness, Internet Science, 3rd International Conference (INSCI 2016), 9934, pp. 97-104

Publications | doi 

Burel, G., Piccolo, L. and Alani, H. (2016) EnergyUse - A Collective Semantic Platform for Monitoring and Discussing Energy Consumption, 15th International Semantic Web Conference - ISWC, Kobe, Japan, pp. 257-272

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Piccolo, L. and Alani, H. (2016) Strategies and Tools to Raise Energy Awareness Collectively, Behave 2016 - 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Coimbra, Portugal, pp. 12

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Piccolo, L., Fernandez, M., Alani, H., Scharl, A., Föls, M. and Herring, D. (2016) Climate Change Engagement: Results of a Multi-Task Game with a Purpose, Workshop: SWEEM 2016 - the 1st International Workshop on the Social Web for Environmental and Ecological Monitoring at 10th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, Cologne, Germany The Workshops of the 10th Intl. AAAI Conf. on Web and Social Media: Technical Reports WS-16-16, AAAI

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Piccolo, L., Baranauskas, C. and Azevedo, R. (2016) A socially inspired energy feedback technology: challenges in a developing scenario, AI & Society, pp. 1-17, Springer

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