Past research projects


The aim is to improve the security of major events, especially in the light of the disaster in Duisburg at the Love Parade 2010. This project consortium is composed by scientific and practical experts, who want to ensure the knowledge transfer of major events by using best practice evaluation. Transferable security modules, solutions for training and consulting, simulation components and electronic support systems for the creation of security concepts are going to be developed. The Institute of Media Research is focus on the “subscriber  communication” as part of the project.

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Mashup Media

This project focuses on the socio-medial processes in media cultures of the World-Wide-Web. The term of “Prosumtion” aims on the new media type of mashup media and to a new type of communicative or medial action: The stable structures of media and society, which where directed along the classic categories of production, distribution and reception align in a new way by the free configurable and ad-hoc generative mashup media. This affects new forms of “prosumtive” mashup cultures, which are driven by forced technological digitalization processes and the aesthetics of mass attractive digital editing, aggregation and software tools, e.g. RSS-Feeds or news- and entertainment-pipes. The result ist the innovativ fusion between socio-medial production-, distribution and reception contexts and the trans-medial world “digital prosumtion”. This shows new perspectives on the history of media and new theoretical and empirical challenges for the research of mashup media, which is giving an indicator for the next media progression.

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SIKomm – safety communication

This project was sponsored by the BMBF and is based on the investigation of preventive, proactive and reactive strategies for communicative support of search and rescue measures. A scenario overarching approach was chosen, which assumes that communication is a safety-related favor in crisis and disaster situations. Especially the robustness of communication across all levels is a big part in the security communication. Therefore, the project examines communication processes of affected people, both within and between reduce and emergency services, in the crisis management activities and in the crisis coverage of media.

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The focus of the research project InfoStrom is the technical support of inter-organizational cooperation and restoration in case of a power outage. All technologies, concepts and methods to improve inter-organizational communication, information and coordination processes are developed and evaluated in collaboration between the University of Siegen, the Fraunhofer FIT, PSI Transcom, RWE, SAP Research and the areas Rhein-Erft and Siegen-Wittgenstein.

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Task force: civile security research

The program of integrated security is based on an interdisciplinary approach, which has the aim to regard the basics of the culture of safety communication, the safety policy, the security industry, the security rights and the security computer science and technology. This program is made by close cooperation with partners to find useable solutions for the concerns of civil security in society, organizations and businesses.


At the center of the project ‘Social Media’ is the development and evaluation of new community-based approaches in the home entertainment sector – especially interactive television. Of particular importance are approaches that attach themselves to professionally created primary content such as television and technical tools to support input and output. New ideas and concepts are to be developed in close cooperation with potential users. For this purpose, a living lab is being set up in Siegen and the surrounding area, in which households and families are continuously involved in ideas, evaluation and re-design studies.

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The perspectives of the media studies in the e-Humanities

This BMBF-founded research projects was made to analyze the potentials and prospects of the media studies in the e-Humanities. It was made in cooperation with the University of Leipzig. The media research is doubly effected by the establishment of new information and communication technologies: the new media is about to expand the scope of the discipline, even if it is almost early a part in teaching and research. Not only the observation and reflection of the aesthetics and the use and change is a part of the core of the discipline, but also the use and design of media.


In this research and development project, the Institute of Media Research (IfM) of the University of Siegen is investigating the incident communication of the utility company RWE. The Team which is assembled by Dipl.-sociologist Raimund Klauser, Junior Professor Volkmar Pipek and Prof. Gebhard Rusch, examines how the communication between the company and its customers can be improved in case of failure. The interests and needs of the customer are standing in the main focus by this project.


After the initiative by Gebhard Rusch from the Institute of Media Research, the department of media-planning, -developing and -consulting of the University of Siegen is working since April 2006 on the project KO:global – organic concepts. The aim of this project is to raise public awareness of the global dimension of ecological economic systems. This project is in cooperation with the nonprofit organization IFOAM, which is the international umbrella organization of organic agriculture organizations.

Messure of Effects (MoE)

After the dissolution of the FAM by Helmut Hauptmeier at the Institute of Media Research the project Measure of Effect will continue. The main task for this project ist to increase the quality of data that is to be levied on media use to change attitude or behavior, and to develop prototypical study designs for action demand.

Living Lab (MEL)

In cooperation with Jan Hess (department 5, economic computer science) Helmut Hauptmeier efforts to set up a living lab. A laboratory for interactive / social TV which simulates living room conditions for testing and developing TV applications. The main idea is to observe the handling of the converting technologies and to be able to look at how the new devices and new applications are beings used together by users. Another aim ist to look at the adoption and improvement of input-devices or interfaces.

Project Communication – communicative support in ICT-projects

The project examines the communication demands in ICT projects and also is developing solutions for the communicative support of project communication and is providing methods for evaluation of project communication.

iTV – interactive television in Gemany

The project “Interactive Television in Germany” was conducted in the winter semester 2007/2008 and summer semester 2008 as a course in the major studies of the degree course Media-planning, -development and -consulting at the University of Siegen. At the beginning it dealt with the platforms and technologies (DVB , MHP , IPTV etc.), then an inventory of formats and vendors tackled and an empirical study on the dissemination and acceptance of DVB-T performed in the area of Siegen-Wittgenstein. In the work-up of the status quo was followed by an evaluation of interactive formats with the aim of optimizing existing products or product types and to create their own new formats.