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Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS)

The Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) group supports professional communities with heterogeneous needs by open and responsive community environments. Results of our research are advancing the emerging Web Science discipline by new analysis and engineering methodologies for large-scale and heterogeneous information systems.



In a fast changing world, professional communities have to adapt to new digital technologies and external societal, political or regulatory changes. We are deeply convinced that the Web is an ideal platform for professional communities since for its openness and its availability on all modern computing devices. Professional communities need open and responsive community environments which are monitoring the needs of the communities and provide the necessary socio-technical processes for retaining or even improving their agency. We are tackling these challenges from three perspectives.
  • From a Web engineering perspective we are researching and developing cutting-edge open source Web technologies for Web clients, Web services and Web infrastructure.
  • From a Web analytics perspective we aim to understand basic laws of community interactions as patterns. To this end, we analyse post-mortem dumps as well as life streams of professional communities in an interoperable cross-community and cross-media fashion.
  • From a requirements engineering perspective we are supporting large-scale Web-based social requirements engineering and design processes which are enabling continuous support of professional communities on the Web, making them heard in the long-tail of communities.
Last but not least, we are supporting real professional communities. If you are interested in our software products, our services or want to collaborate with us, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

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Our Group

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The ACIS Group in February 2016


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Current projects

  • Bamiyan Valley Development Community

    The joint Community of Bamiyan Development aims at bringing together experts from diverse disciplines in the area of preservation of the Bamiyan site in Afghanistan. We attempt to bridge the gaps between different generations, disciplines and cultures on a global scale.

  • Doctoral Education for Technology-Enhanced Learning (DE-TEL)

    Doctoral Education for Technology-Enhanced Learning (DE-TEL) project will establish and deepen a strategic partnership for doctoral education in Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL). DE-TEL brings together 9 internationally renowned universities and the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning to reflect their expertise in doctoral education into a new internationally validated program in TEL, extended with rich and professionally produced Open Educational Resources. The project grounds the design of the new program in the best practices in TEL doctoral education across Europe as well as institutional and national requirements.


    The European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL) supports a network of European research laboratories and groups via free services, sponsoring high profile TEL events, a knowledge interchange, and a set of very active Special Interest Groups.

  • MyEduLife - Die Blockchain als Werkzeug zur dezentralen Speicherung individueller Weiterbildungsbiographien

    Mit MyEduLife soll eine transparente, vergleichbare, verifizierte und vernetzte Möglichkeit geschaffen werden, um berufliche Weiterbildungsaktivitäten gemäß datenschutzrechtlichen und ethischen Anforderungen zu dokumentieren. Die Dokumentation von Lernbiographien erfolgt hierbei in einer Anwendung (Wallet), welche die Nachvollziehbarkeit und Authentizität durch ein verteiltes System (Blockchain- Technologie) sicherstellt. Die im Lebenslauf erworbenen Qualifikationen können dadurch lückenlos und anbieterübergreifend für Lernende dokumentiert werden und stehen je nach Freigabemodalitäten sowohl Arbeitgebenden, Weiterbildungseinrichtungen sowie der Weiterbildungsforschung zur Verfügung.

  • Personalisierte Kompetenzentwicklung durch skalierbare Mentoringprozesse - tech4comp

    „Personalisierte Kompetenzentwicklung durch skalierbare Mentoringprozesse - tech4comp“ ist eines von derzeit neun Projekten, die in der Förderlinie „Innovationspotenziale digitaler Hochschulbildung“ in interdisziplinären Forschungskonsortien didaktische, technologische und organisationale Gestaltungsaspekte der Hochschulbildung beleuchten und so zur nachhaltigen Veränderung der Hochschullandschaft beitragen werden.

  • Requirements Bazaar

    Requirements Bazaar allows users to discuss innovative ideas so that developers can focus on features that really matter.

  • SunSITE Central Europe

    The SunSITE project at RWTH Aachen University started 1995 as a hosting system for open software and content. Today the SunSITE contains also information about science, culture and virtual communities. And we still run www and ftp servers giving access to the SunSITE Software Archive.

  • VIAProMa

    A Collaborative Mixed Reality Visualization Framework for Immersive Analytics

  • WebOCD

    An open-source collection of overlapping community detection algorithms, quality measures, and data sets with a web interface.

  • XRealiSE

    Search for Unity mixed reality components on GitHub.

Completed projects

  • ACIS

    Afghan Community Information System for Cultural Heritage Management

  • AR-FOR-EU - Augmented Reality in Formal European University Education

    Based on specific disciplines taught at the partner universities, the aim of the project is to collaboratively create two multidisciplinary teaching courses (basic and advanced) on the topic of Augmented Reality (AR) that is suitable as specialisation in all participating fields (Computing, ICT, Media). The production of digital Open Educational Resources (OER), interactive eBooks and practical exercises, and implementation on the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platform will foster uptake beyond the consortium.


    Business PerfOrmance imprOvement through individual employee Skills Training: The project explored further development of the ROLE SDK and the Requirements Bazaar for vocational training in small and micro enterprises all across Europe.


    Context Adaptive Interaction in Cooperative Knowledge Processes - DFG Cluster Project


    EU Tempus Cairo University E-Learning Centre

  • Digital ConProMa

    Digital Foundations for Web-based Collaboration and Data Exchange in smart Mass customized CONstruction, PROduction and MAnagement

  • GaLA

    Games and Learning Alliance - The European Network of Excellence on Serious Games - EU FP7 IST ICT NoE Project

  • Geoservices

    Technologies for earth management: From data to services

  • IEEE LOM Editor

    LOM Editor is the Learning Object Metadata editor complying with the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard.

  • IMS LIP Editor

    LIP Editor is the first Learner Modeling editor complying with the IMS Learner Information Package (LIP) Specification.


    Learning Layers - Scaling up Technologies for Informal Learning in SME Clusters - EU FP7 ICT Integrated Project

  • LD-Grid

    Learning Design Grid (LD-Grid) aims to produce a concise, comprehensive and accessible set of resources which will empower educators and learners to participate in design discourse and practices in technology enhanced learning (TEL). These resources will enable learners and educators to collaboratively reflect on their goals and constraints, characterise contexts of learning, and devise viable means of achieving their goals within these contexts and in light of the constraints. LD-Grid is a theme team funded by the EU network of excellence STELLAR.

  • LIP2PAPI Converter

    LIP2PAPI Converter is a workspace for learner model tranformation from IMS LIP to IEEE PAPI core features.

  • LM-DTM

    LM-DTM: An Environment for LIP/PAPI-Compliant Deployment, Transformation and Matching of Learner Models.

  • MARS

    Musical Analysis and Representation System


    Multimedia capturing of collaborative scientific discourses about movies


    Semi-Automatic Dublin Core to MPEG-7 Conversion


    Meeting Teachers' Co-Design Needs by Means of Integrated Learning Environments - EU LLP KA3 Multilateral Project

  • Mobile Multimedia Cloud Computing

    Cloud computing envisions the notion of delivering software services and customizable hardware configurations to public access, similar how public utilities (electricity, water, etc.) are available to the common man. The cloud abstracts infrastructure complexities of servers, applications, data, and heterogeneous platforms, enabling users to plug-in at anytime from anywhere and utilizes storage and computing services as needed at the moment. The goal of our mobile multimedia cloud (i5Cloud) is to provide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) for diverse services and applications in the domain of (mobile) multimedia and large-scale social network analysis.

  • Multimedia Metadata Community

    The MPEG-7 & MPEG-21 community aims at bringing together experts from research and industry in the area of multimedia meta data interoperability for collaborative working environments.


    EU Network of Excellence

    • IEEE LOM Editor

      LOM Editor is the Learning Object Metadata editor complying with the IEEE Learning Object Metadata (LOM) Standard.
    • IMS LIP Editor

      LIP Editor is the first Learner Modeling editor complying with the IMS Learner Information Package (LIP) Specification.
    • LIP2PAPI Converter

      LIP2PAPI Converter is a workspace for learner model tranformation from IMS LIP to IEEE PAPI core features.
    • LM-DTM

      LM-DTM: An Environment for LIP/PAPI-Compliant Deployment, Transformation and Matching of Learner Models.
    • NetLearn

    • u-Annotate

      An Application for User-Driven Freeform Digital Ink Annotation of E-Learning Content
  • PROLEARN Academy

    The PROLEARN Academy transfers research results into education and training programmes, international conferences, and scientific journals designed to federate and showcase European leadership in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning.

  • ROLE

    Responsive Open Learning Environments - EU FP7 ICT IP Project

  • SAGE

    Serious Games Pathway within the Undergraduate IT Programs - EU TEMPUS Joint Project

  • Serious Game Framework

    A serious game framework for mobile, puzzle-styled games in medical education on university level

  • TEL-Map

    Future gazing Technology Enhanced Learning - The Roadmap for the unknown Learning Landscape - EU FP7 ICT SA

  • TellNet

    Teacher's lifelong learning network - EU Lifelong Learning Programme - Agreement number- 2009-3574/001-001 - Project number- 505594-LLP-1-2009-1-BEKA4SRM

  • The XMPP Experience

    The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is an open and extensible protocol for the exchange of XML data in near real-time. Although most use cases of the protocol are still coined by the protocol's instant messaging background, it is also interesting for a more general range of services, particularly lightweight mobile middleware. The goal of the project is to systematically design, implement, and evaluate XMPP related services in a community information system context, to share knowledge with other researchers active on XMPP and to contribute parts of our prototypes to the XMPP FLOSS community.

  • u-Annotate

    An Application for User-Driven Freeform Digital Ink Annotation of E-Learning Content

  • VEL

    Virtual Entrepreneurship Lab

  • Virtual Campfire

    Virtual Campfire is a scenario to demonstrate advanced services for mobile multimedia social software.

  • VIRTUS - Virtual Vocational Education and Training

    Erasmus+ Project 56222-EPPP-2015-1-EL-EPPKA3-PI-FORAWRD The main aim of the “Virtual Vocational Education and Training – VIRTUS” project is the development of an innovative, fully functional virtual vocational education and training centre, which will provide appropriately designed modular certified courses in Modular Employable Skills (MES), corresponding to a wide range of circumstances such as regional growth potential and/or company restructuring.

  • WEKIT - Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training

    Wearable TEL platform enhances human abilities to acquire procedural knowledge by providing a smart system that directs attention to where it is most needed. An extensive audit of industry procedures, policies and participatory design methods will define the main facets of the platform. User test cycles will refine prototypes and deliverables. Existing wearable smart devices and sensors will be tailored to provide an innovative solution for content delivery and measurement of user performance. Comparative tests, stakeholders’ review and leading the IEEE ARLEM group will secure high-standard academic and industrial outputs.

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