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ifib: Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH

Institut für Informationsmanagement Bremen (ifib) ifib: Institut für Informationsmanagement Bremen GmbH
Am Fallturm 1
28359 Bremen
Telephone: ++49(0)421 218-56580
Telefax: ++49(0)421 218-56599
E-mail: info@ifib.de
WWW: http://www.ifib.de

ifib is coordinator of the international research project and project leader of the German studies. Regarding the division of tasks, ifib is particularly responsible for the technical and organisational integration of online tools in participation processes. In the process, ifib will take care of an appropriate media mix for the participation processes under evaluation. Moreover, ifib is responsible for the accessibility of the used online tools and the selection, adaptation and implementation of a CO2-calculator. This CO2-calculator will be used to measure the energy savings and CO2 reduction of the participating panellists as a result of their taking part in the participation process. Further, ifib will prepare the questionnaires for telephone and online surveys to be carried out within the project.

Portrait: Herbert Kubicek contact:
Prof. Dr. Herbert Kubicek
Am Fallturm 1
D-28359 Bremen
Telephone: ++49(0)421 218-56575
Telefax: ++49(0)421 218-56599

Herbert Kubicek is professor of Applied Computer Science, in particular Telecommunications and Information Management at the University of Bremen and Director of the Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib), which is affiliated to the University of Bremen. He was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1946, where he studied Business Administration at the University of Cologne and obtained his Diploma in 1971 and his Ph.D. in 1974. From 1971 to 1977 he was a scientific assistant at the Department of Business Administration at the University of Cologne, mainly dealing with the organizational integration of computing into the organization of companies. In 1977 he became full time professor for Business Administration, in particular Organization Theory, at the University of Trier.

After moving to the Computer Science Department at the University of Bremen, his research concentrated on interorganizational information systems and the usability and usefulness of information systems, including conceptual as well as practical work. Out of a review of early citizens information systems he became involved in developing http://www.bremen.de. Out of another research project dealing with the digital divide and public Internet access points together with AOL Germany he founded the Digital Opportunities Foundation, which among other things runs a database with more than 7,000 public access points in Germany searchable by postal area code (http://www.digitale-chancen.de). International comparative research includes a comparison of political programs in the US and Germany for the way into the information society in the fields of administration, schools and interactive TV, (Volkswagen Foundation 1997 - 2000), a benchmark study on Best Practice in Back-office Reorganisation in E-Government of 17 countries (European Commission, 2003 - 2004) and a Study on Interoperability in E-Government (European Commission, Modinis Programme 2005 - 2007).

Portrait: Ralf Cimander contact:
Ralf Cimander
Am Fallturm 1
D-28359 Bremen
Telephone: ++49(0)421 218-56587
Telefax: ++49(0)421 218-56599

Ralf Cimander, qualified engineer of Spatial Planning, is researcher at the Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib) and the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Bremen, since the end of 2001. After his training for electronics engineer, he studied spatial planning at the University of Dortmund and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) with the emphasis on city planning and participation on the Internet. In his diploma thesis he evaluated the procedures and the success of participation offers in land-use planning processes on the Internet.

Mr. Cimander has been lecturer for e-government at the University of Bremen and gained experience on several projects on e-government and e-democracy for local/regional and federal authorities in Germany as well as for the European Commission. Among others, his work in Bremen included the EU-funded e-democracy project EDEN (Electronic Democracy European Network). In this project user requirements for online participation possibilities were gathered and analysed, and on this basis, online fora in Bremen were set up and their use evaluated. Other work includes a survey on back-office reorganisation on behalf of the European Commission, the Study on Interoperability in E-Government at Local and Regional Level in the framework of the European Commissions Modinis Programme and legal transferability aspects of an electronic procurement platform to be deployed in various countries (in the framework of the eTen programme). Currently he is engaged in a research project on organisational interoperability funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn
Telephone: ++49(0)228 885-1
Telefax: ++49(0)228 885-2777
E-mail: postmaster@dfg.de
WWW: http://www.dfg.de