Project: TAO Community & Collaboration (TAO = Third Age Online)

Acronym TAO (Reference Number: aal-2009-2-084)
Duration 01/10/2010 - 01/10/2013
Project Topic The project aims at facilitating and promoting access of elderly and early retired people to online collaboration projects. It thereby provides the target group, which hitherto has been underrepresented on online platforms, with new possibilities for social interaction and participation in value creating activities. At the same time the project attempts to harness the immense reservoir of potentially active elderly people to boost collaboration in online communities. The focus is on two types of online communities: (partly target oriented) online communities for elderly people (such as Seniorwebs) as well as goal-oriented communities with a predominantly young user base (such as Wikimedia Communities). The project addresses two major challenges with regard to promoting participation of elderly people in online communities: (1) the development, testing and dissemination of effective methods to encourage elderly people to take an active part in online communities and to facilitate intergenerational integration in such communities; (2) user interface design and functionality design tailored to the special needs of elderly people (but also taking into account the needs of a wider community, inter-cultural differences, and the effectiveness of technically mediated social interactions). Thus, from a “product” perspective, the project’s main outputs are: (1) A draft inventory of methods for “mobilisation” and “inclusion & motivation”, and corresponding guidelines, which will be consolidated into a handbook for online community consultants. (2) Improved user inter-faces as well as prototypes for innovative approaches to supporting social interactions in online community settings
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Access for All Foundation Switzerland
Berner Fachhochschule, Departement Wirtschaft und Verwaltung, Gesundheit, Soziale Arbeit Switzerland
Mietervereinigung EKZ Wankdorf Center Switzerland
Liip AG Switzerland
MD Systems Switzerland
Seniorweb AG Switzerland
Seniorweb Netherlands Netherlands
Swisscom AG Switzerland
terzStiftung Switzerland
UNU-MERIT Netherlands
«Wikimedia CH» - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens Switzerland
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. Germany
Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung der Universität Ulm Germany
Zeix AG Switzerland
Zugang für alle - Schweizerische Stiftung zur gehindertengerechten Technologienutzung Switzerland