Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project ELDER-SPACES






Managing Older People Social Relationships for Better Communcation, Activation and Interaction (ELDER-SPACES)

Short description

The main goal of ELDER-SPACES is to introduce a radical shift on the way social networking is delivered to and used by older adults (typically healthy individuals aged 55+), with a view to stimulate seniors to join social networks and accordingly benefit in terms of their social activation, active living and overall quality of life. To this end, ELDER-SPACES will design a novel, information and communication technologies (ICT) based social networking platform (beyond existing networks for seniors) along with a range of applications that will be delivered over this platform. ELDER-SPACES will be designed and implemented as an extension over one existing social network namely iWiW (abbreviation for Internet Who is Who) which is operated by one of the consortium partners.

The key innovations to be introduced by the ELDER-SPACES social networking platform include:

  • The development of a semantic social network, based on the integration of web semantics data and techniques (i.e. ontologies, knowledge bases, data mining) to conventional Web2.0 platforms. This will enable a key customization of social networks to older people requirements.
  • The delivery of social network functionality over novel ergonomic interfaces with proven acceptance by older adults (such as TV and interactive surfaces). These interfaces are also expected to lead to wide acceptance of social networking, given that the older people will be able to enjoy the functionality based on their conventional comfortable access modalities.
  • The development of customized applications, addressing the needs, interests and preferences of older adults.

Focus of FTB

  • requirements analysis of elder end-users und social network providers with respect to the internet plattform
  • description of usage scenarios
  • specification of user interfaces, application functionality, and system architecture
  • specification of learning and training applications for the users
  • development and integration of application functionalities
  • integration of user interfaces
  • usability tests and application oriented system tests
  • user-oriented presentations and publications

Project partners

  • COMPUTER S.A (coordinator), Greece
  • ORIGO Ltd., Hungaria
  • Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein, Germany
  • E-TRIKALA AE, Greece
  • Semmelweis University, Hungaria
  • SingularLogic Information Systems & Applications SA, Greece
  • Cybion Srl, Italy

Contact persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)


Sponsored by Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Project dates

  • Duration: 4/2011 - 12/2013
  • Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the AAL-Joint-Programme AAL-2009-2 and by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research within the framework programme "Microsystems 2004 - 2009" under the grant agreement 16SV3996.