Science Map Copyright Synoptic-Systems GmbH

Vision

The com­pany Syn­op­tic-Sys­tems was founded with the vi­sion to make art, cul­ture and sci­ence ac­ces­si­ble to every­one.

Our am­bi­tion is to cre­ate a free on­line plat­form to pre­sent, dis­cuss and en­gage with sci­en­tific find­ings and on­go­ing re­search ques­tions in an en­tirely novel way. What Syn­op­tic-Sys­tems wants to pro­vide with the pro­ject Sci­ence Map is a soft­ware so­lu­tion to get an overview of rel­e­vant sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion and dis­cus­sions.

Thanks to the open­ing of the WWW to the pub­lic in the 1990s, huge amounts of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion can now be found on­line – how­ever, with a huge vari­ance in qual­ity. More­over, the eas­ier it gets to find de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on spe­cific top­ics on the web, the harder is it to ob­tain a broad overview of sci­en­tific dis­courses and find­ings. Ques­tions arise, such as: Which is the gen­eral con­text in which sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion plays its role? Who are the ma­jor play­ers in spe­cific fields? How have cer­tain dis­ci­plines de­vel­oped? Where do rel­e­vant con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars take place? In prin­ci­ple, if one wants to dig deep into sci­en­tific ques­tions, the in­for­ma­tion is al­ready out there but there is a lack of guid­ing in­stru­ments for find­ing one’s way to es­ti­mat­ing how rep­re­sen­ta­tive and re­li­able cer­tain in­for­ma­tion is. The goal of the web 2.0 plat­form Sci­ence Map is to of­fer such guid­ance by pro­vid­ing en­tirely new vi­su­al­iza­tions of sci­en­tific data and con­tents.

We be­lieve that there is dire need for such a plat­form and that it would be of cru­cial rel­e­vance for cur­rent so­cial chal­lenges. Like never be­fore, sci­en­tific knowl­edge is the key to suc­cess – from the in­di­vid­ual level to the level of na­tions and global com­pe­ti­tion.

Science Map Copyright Synoptic-Systems GmbH, Drawing: J. Schmöle, Photo: Fetzer Franklin Fund

Team

Harald Hofer

Harald Hofer
Founder, Team leader and general conception

Har­ald Hofer started his ca­reer as a sys­tem de­vel­oper and pro­gram­mer in the fields of speech and voice pro­cess­ing at the global French-based en­ter­prise Al­ca­tel. In his pro­jects back then he fo­cused on se­cu­rity is­sues, es­pe­cially con­cern­ing banks, in­sur­ance groups as well as med­ical and civil se­cu­rity. Af­ter­wards he set up his own busi­ness, which spe­cial­ized in the de­vel­op­ment and op­er­a­tion of dis­trib­uted sys­tems. At the same time, he started to study math­e­mat­ics, later switch­ing to and grad­u­at­ing in physics. For a cou­ple of years now he has worked to­gether with a team of co­op­er­a­tion part­ners for his new com­pany Syn­op­tic-Sys­tems on the con­cep­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Sci­ence Map.

Tanja Traxler

Tanja Traxler
Scientific content and Contact person

Tanja Traxler is sci­ence ed­i­tor at the Aus­trian news­pa­per DER STAN­DARD as well as PhD stu­dent and lec­turer at the fac­ulty of physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna. She grad­u­ated in 2011 with a diploma the­sis in the­o­ret­i­cal quan­tum me­chan­ics. In her in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary PhD the­sis (funded by the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences) she un­der­takes a philo­soph­i­cal analy­sis of space con­cepts in physics. She has been in­vited as a guest re­searcher to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia/​Santa Cruz and Twente Uni­ver­sity in En­schede/​Nether­lands. In nu­mer­ous pro­jects, e.g., at the Acad­emy of Fine Arts Vi­enna, Tanzquartier Wien, Eye Film In­sti­tute Am­s­ter­dam and Viertelfes­ti­val Niederöster­re­ich, she has in­ves­ti­gated the con­nec­tion of art and sci­ence.

Prof. Časlav Brukner

Prof. Časlav Brukner
Scientific Advisor

Caslav Brukner has been di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute for Quan­tum Op­tics and Quan­tum In­for­ma­tion (IQOQI) Vi­enna of the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences since 2013. In 2014 he be­came pro­fes­sor for quan­tum in­for­ma­tion the­ory and foun­da­tion of quan­tum physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna. His re­search fields in­clude quan­tum foun­da­tions, quan­tum in­for­ma­tion, quan­tum non-lo­cal­ity as well as the in­ter­play be­tween quan­tum physics and grav­ity.

Elisa Asenbaum

Elisa Asenbaum
Visual conception, graphic & design

Elisa Asen­baum is artist, au­thor, cu­ra­tor and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the pro­ject space G.A.S-sta­tion, Tankstelle für Kunst und Im­puls (Berlin), which she co-founded in 2008. She stud­ied ce­ram­ics, new me­dia, paint­ing and graph­ics at the Acad­emy of Ap­plied Arts Vi­enna. Since 2008 she has ini­ti­ated and sup­ported pro­jects at the in­ter­face be­tween art and sci­ence, e.g., in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary works in co­op­er­a­tion with sci­en­tists. In 2015, G.A.S-sta­tion was ho­n­oured by the city of Berlin for 'out­stand­ing in­de­pen­dent art spaces and ini­tia­tives which en­rich the spec­trum of fine arts by ex­per­i­men­tal and orig­i­nal pro­grams'. In 2016, Elisa Asen­baum pub­lished her first novel AU­GUSTI­NAselbst, eine Erzäh­lung mit kon­textuellen Spuren im Netz at the pub­lisher Pas­sagen.

Daniel Ruthardt and Judith Rangel

Daniel Ruthardt & Judith Rangel
Software and database development

The team Dionix has de­vel­oped soft­ware so­lu­tions of dif­fer­ent kinds and man­i­fold ap­pli­ca­tions for more than 15 years. The team’s spe­cial­ties are de­sign and im­ple­men­ta­tion as well as the sup­port of soft­ware so­lu­tions. In this con­text, the re­quire­ments of the pro­ject, the processes, and their cus­tomers are al­ways of cen­tral rel­e­vance in or­der to pro­vide pro­fes­sional, ef­fi­cient and cre­ative so­lu­tions.

Ahmad Bassel

Ahmad Bassel
Data collection

Ah­mad Bas­sel comes from Syria, he speaks his mother tongue Ara­bic as well as Ger­man and Eng­lish. Liv­ing in Aus­tria since 2010, he stud­ied physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Vi­enna and grad­u­ated in 2016. Dur­ing his stud­ies he fo­cused on quan­tum phe­nom­ena in bio-mol­e­cules and nanopar­ti­cles. Cur­rently he is em­ployed by the Aus­trian Acad­emy of Sci­ences, where he con­tin­ues to de­velop his skills in the fields of soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and data analy­sis.

Roland Jekel

Roland Jekel
Testing

Roland Jekel is a com­puter en­thu­si­ast and in­ter­ested in emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and fu­ture trends. With good in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing of user ex­pe­ri­ence he has worked on web pro­jects for agen­cies and star­tups since 2010. He de­vel­oped a sci­en­tific mind­set when he started to study com­puter sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Vi­enna and would have loved to use Sci­ence Map back then, which is his main mo­ti­va­tion to sup­port this pro­ject.

Nenad Steric

Nenad Steric
Software development

Ne­nad Steric has run a one-man busi­ness for 20 years. He is a soft­ware de­signer and de­vel­oper whose work ranges from the ex­e­cu­tion of sin­gle pro­jects and co­op­er­a­tion with other en­ter­prises to con­tribut­ing to multi­na­tional pro­jects. He works as a full-stack de­vel­oper in man­i­fold ways, i.e., not only as a de­vel­oper in front- and back­end with dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies and lan­guages, but also in all stages of a pro­ject – from re­quire­ment analy­sis, sys­tem de­sign and pro­gram­ming to the sup­port of im­ple­mented sys­tems.

Christian Neuhold

Christian Neuhold
Technical consultant

Af­ter fin­ish­ing uni­ver­sity stud­ies of com­mer­cial com­puter sci­ence with a mas­ter de­gree in the area of mas­sive par­al­leliz­ing com­pil­ers, start of a ca­reer in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment fo­cus­ing on re­la­tional data­base sys­tems. Ad­vance­ment into the di­rec­tion of soft­ware and so­lu­tion ar­chi­tec­ture as well as soft­ware prod­uct and qual­ity man­age­ment within dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries, from bank­ing to footwear. Cur­rently oc­cu­pied as so­lu­tion ar­chi­tect in en­ergy busi­ness.

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