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Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Assessing Big Data
Further information on the project can also be found on the ABIDA website

Duration: 01 March 2015–28 February 2019



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Assessing Big Data

  •     Trust as the basis for interaction with apps
  •     Potential analysis in the field of real-time control of socio-technological systems through simulation.

The interdisciplinary project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, explores the social opportunities and risks of linking big data, and drafts options for action for politics, research and development.


With the help of the project steps Trust, Technology Assessment, Real-time Control, opportunities and risks are to be recorded, scenarios are to be simulated and recommendations for action are to be assessed © J. Konrad, K. Cepera​/​TU Dortmund

In-depth study on trust

What data do apps get from me and what do I get in return as a user? Why do we give them this data? What do they do with it? How much do we trust their recommendations for action? To what extent do these apps determine our actions and our view of the situation?

Proceeding with the project steps: methods, trust, real-time control, objectives from the Abida project © J. Konrad, K. Cepera​/​TU Dortmund

In-depth study on real-time control

What opportunities are opened up by the collection of big data in large socio-technological systems? How can the traffic network in particular be controlled in real time? What advantages does big data offer for the traffic of the future and what risks are foreseeable?  Can increased pollutant emissions and congestion potential be reduced?


Publications from the project can be found in  our Sociology Working Papers.


Location & approach

The  Technical University of Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West autobahn junction, where the A45  (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the A40 (Ruhrschnellweg B1). The most convenient autobahn exits are found on the A45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the south campus) and on the B1 / A40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the north campus). The university is signposted at both exits.

The TU Dortmund has its own S-Bahn station ("Dortmund Universität") on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund’s central station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf’s central station via "Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen". This makes the university directly accessible from the cities of Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. Furthermore, the TU Dortmund may be reached via buslines 445, 447 and 462.
Individual timetable information for public transport is also available on the website of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and the Dortmund Transport Authority also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU is the H-Bahn overhead monorail which connects the two campuses. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between the stops Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund Universität S. Line 2 shuttles every 5 minutes between the stops Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, we recommend taking the "Airport Express" to Dortmund's central train station (20 minutes), and then boarding the S-Bahn there.  A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.