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Katowice Study Visit – April 2009 WP5: Intelligent Systems to Plan and Manage Sustainable Energy Communities

Partner Workshop: Web 2.0 Tools & Methodologies to Support Energy Planning Adrian Slatcher, ICT Development Officer, MDDA

Intelligent Systems Work Package 5 will :1. Produce a vision for use of intelligent systems 2. Identify intelligent systems to support decision making 3. Demonstrate systems to support energy planning 4. Show how those can be integrated with other systems

Intelligent Systems

“Representative systems will be developed to support energy planning and management in terms of strategic decision-making, control and engagement and it will be shown how further systems could be produced to form a more widely integrated package to manage ‘smart’ buildings, ‘smart’ neighbourhoods and the wider built environment”

Partner Workshop

What the workshop will cover :- A little about the background of the work package relating to the “vision� - An explanation of Web 2.0 tools - A methodology for applying Web 2.0 tools to a project - How we can apply this to energy planning & management within PEPESEC

The vision

A true “intelligent system� may include :1. Management Information Systems Systems that collect information accurately in order that better decision making can be made by managers. E.g. backing up experience with knowledge to improve decision-making. Evidencebased planning

The vision

A truly “intelligent system” may include :2. Knowledge Based Systems Creation of a “knowledge base” that would be able to turn information into intelligence by applying to new and existing models and problems. E.g. Scenario building; traffic modelling

The vision

A truly “intelligent system� would include :3. Real Time Information & Control Systems Real Time information integrated with computerised control systems to make real time decisions (e.g. traffic calming)

The vision

A truly “intelligent system� may include :4. Location based systems Information provided at and from specific locations to enable very local planning.

Building the Infrastructure Infrastructure consisting of‌ - The network (broadband, internet) - Hardware (PCs, mobile devices, video conferencing suits) - Software (control software, web apps) - Interfaces (web, mobile, other) We are seeing a move from building specific systems for specific purposes (a railway that takes coal from pit to port) to an integrated network on which we can build many different data services

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is… “the second generation of the World Wide Web, especially the movement away from static webpages to dynamic and shareable content” (Wikipedia)

Web 2.0 Some characteristics of a Web 2.0 application… 1. Free (or low cost) at point of usage 2. Web-based (e.g. Flickr) or Hybrid Web/Desktop (e.g. iTunes) applications 3. User Generated Content 4. “Best of Breed” (does one thing well – rather than being the only piece of software you’ll need) 5. Good usability interface (no course or manual required) 6. Interoperable (through use of APIs or in “mash ups”)

Web 2.0 Where things are going… 1. More mobile based interfaces/services – the iPhone App store – Google Maps; Aroundme 2. Applications that “sit” over other services providing additional or bespoke functionality (e.g. Tweetdeck and Twitter) 3. Better integration of 3rd party apps with existing websites

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Choose your tools carefully – e.g. do you need‌ Blogs Social Networks Messaging Mapping?

General Points Things to consider :1. If you have a need, there will be an application that suits 2. Low cost, low entry, scaleable 3. Google’s business model isn’t yours -: inappropriate advertising, unused features, limited SLA with 3rd parties 4. APIs are vital – closed systems can’t integrate 5. Integration still costs – time, money, planning

General Points

What Web 2.0 is best for :-

User generated content 2-way participation/feedback Rapid application development or one-off needs Connecting with existing Web 2.0 communities Where we need electronic communication/documentation

General Points What Web 2.0 is less good for :- Highly bespoke work (e.g. databases) - Integrating with systems without an open API (e.g. non-web based or older systems) - Batch processing – frontend may be web-based, backend probably not - Where audience/location has poor connectivity (“digital divide”)

A model for using Web 2.0 Step 1: What questions are you asking?

A model for using Web 2.0 Step 2: Who are you consulting – and where are they?

A model for using Web 2.0 Step 3: What tools can help? (Generic & specific)

A model for using Web 2.0 Step 4: What data are you collecting – and what type of data?

A model for using Web 2.0 Step 5: How are you going to use that data?

A model for using Web 2.0 DEHEMS – smart monitoring in the home

A model for using Web 2.0







A model for using Web 2.0 Step 1: What questions are you asking? Step 2: Who are you consulting – and where are they? Step 3: What tools can help? (Generic & specific) Step 4: What data are you collecting – and what type of data? Step 5: How are you going to use that data?

Contact Adrian Slatcher, ICT Development Officer

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