Advisory Board Meeting 2013

The ValueSec project’s second advisory board meeting was again held at the Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin, Germany. On February 20, 2013, the consortium invited the advisory board members to evaluate the current state of the project implementation with a specific focus on the technical implementation of the ValueSec toolset prototype.

Participating advisory board members were:

  • Ms. Andrea Hosang and Mr. Maik Kurlbaum of the Ministry of the Interior and Sports Saxony-Anhalt (substituting for Ms. Graßhoff, who was not available that day)
  • Ms. Tarja Mankkinen of the Ministry of the Interior, Finland
  • Prof. Bernhard M. Hämmerli of ACRIS GmbH
  • Mr. Jos Menting of LABORELEC GDF-SUEZ
  • Mr. Michael Lardschneider of MunichRE
  • Mr. Michael Pellot of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona

The main topics of discussion in the meeting were:

  1. Discussion on the presentation of the ValueSec toolset prototype
  2. General comments to the project work

1) It was mentioned that the toolset would benefit from expanded user statistics in the sense that historical decisions can be reviewed and be taken into account in the decision making process, also in a sense of a “learning toolset”. The basis for this has been implemented in the tool through the ontological approach. However, further research needs to be carried out to develop this aspect of the toolset. Furthermore the generation of results in the tool was discussed, with respect to reliability/validity when it comes to who enters necessary data, especially with respect to qualitative criteria, as well as the granularity of results.

2) It was stressed again that the tool needs to be easily accessible for decision makers and this also refers to necessary documentation and potential online help options. An online access was deemed positive in general but might be changed due to individual companies’/organizations’ privacy and/or data security regulations. It was assessed very positively that the tool brings together different analysis aspects that are normally assessed separately. It thereby also brings together people/decision makers, who usually do not talk to each other. All in all the process was deemed to be very transparent.