The Möbius Consortium celebrated its first face-to-face meetingClara Pont
On the 1st of December 2021, the Möbius partners met physically at the Eurecat installations for the first time to discuss the progress of the project. The two meeting days allowed the partners to know each other and comment on the upcoming challenges that the project will face.
After a warm welcome of the project coordinator Patricia Castillo Cardenas from Eurecat and a short presentation of each partner, Iris Jennes from IMEC introduced the first results needed to elaborate the intelligence prosumer toolkit. She presented the user requirements and the challenges, such as tackling the lack of consumer data and readers, and the opportunity we can give to the publishers by providing them with relevant data.
David Laniado, senior research scientist from Eurecat, took the floor after IMEC, and pointed out three different platforms AO3, Fandom and Wattpad. The consortium debated the research from the platforms. “We need to understand the sociological phenomena to know how to act on the content. As researchers, we’d like to study that because it could be a window for publishers into knowing the readers in a better way.” As stated by Patricia Castillo.
Möbius wants to improve people’s willingness to read: “People are reading less and less, and we are creating new formats and versions, which are more immersive instead of the classical books”, Nicklas Reppel, researcher and developer from Eurecat.
During the consortium meeting, we could enjoy seeing how the Möbius book might look like and a sneak peek of L’influenza del blu. The Möbius initiative involves four different user experiences: “The Möbius player is thought for a general audience with a limited amount of time”, Nicklas further developed.
Oliver Braet from IMEC, discussed about the Möbius business models: user-driven innovation, prosumer business models, IP framework. Explaining Môbius approach on business models.
IMEC, ENOLL and DEN Institute prepared a co-creative workshop for the second day. Simona de Rosa from DEN Institute introduced the workshop where the consortium participated on an interactive activity, a gamified view on the framework to better define the indicators to consider among the prosumer intelligence toolkit, prosumer business model, Möbius book creator’s toolkit and Möbius book app player.
This consortium meeting helped the partners have a better and complete view of the project and the upcoming steps for what’s coming on 2022.