Digital Sustainability

DEFINITION de/1.3: Digitale Ressourcen werden nachhaltig verwendet, wenn ihr Nutzen für die Gesellschaft maximiert wird, sodass digitale Bedürfnisse heutiger wie künftiger Generationen gleichermassen erfüllt sind. Digitale Bedürfnisse werden optimal erfüllt, wenn die Ressourcen offen, d.h. der grösstmöglichen Anzahl zugänglich und frei von technischen und rechtlichen Restriktionen wiederverwendbar sind. Zu digitalen Ressourcen zählen Formate/Protokolle, Softwareprogramme, Daten und Inhalte.
DEFINITION de/1.3: Digital resources are used sustainably if their utility for society is maximal, so that digital needs of today’s and future generations can be met equally. Digital needs are met optimally if the resources are open – accessible to the largest number and reusable in a way free from technical and legal restrictions. Digital resources contain formats/protocols, software programs, data, and content.

Digital Sustainability Consulting (“DigiSus”) is a think tank and strategy consultancy working to inspire transformation towards digital sustainability, founded by Dr. Marcus M. Dapp in April 2012.

DigiSus is helping governments/public administrations, businesses, and non-profits to take advantage of sustainable solutions when defining their digital practices – either as producers or users of digital goods. DigiSus’ expertise spreads across the following areas:

DigiSus helps clients in these areas by conceptual planning and strategy development around designing open ‘business models’ as well as addressing key aspects like community building, open licensing of community-generated intellectual property, and openness of technical solutions.

Depending on your needs, DigiSus can act as an independent and neutral ideas provider, sounding board, or reviewer when you think strategically about opening up parts of your value creation processes to involve online communities outside your organizations’ boundaries. In all areas mentioned, DigiSus can help identify the strategy landscape through quality research for policy and business decision makers.

If your organization has developed an openness strategy, DigiSus can help you in the implementation phase with assessment instruments to track progress in opening up value creation processes (“ready2open”). We can train your staff in how to bridge the gap between organizational hierarchies/boundaries and fuzzy online communities to build long-term mutually benefiting interactions (e.g., designing public-community partnerships for public sector bodies including the design of community-based events like hackathons or app contests). In such projects, DigiSus can give advice on utilizing open copyright licensing schemes and open standards for technical specifications to help spur community participation and create win-win crowd-sourcing innovation approaches.

If your organisation is at an early stage, DigiSus can enrich the brainstorming phase and bring in an doutside perspective through engaging and thought-provoking key-note presentations or high-level awareness-raising workshops for decision-makers.


One Response to Digital Sustainability

  1. Lukas says:

    Guten Abend Herr Dapp,

    ich schreibe vom Studiosus der ETH Zürich, den Sie vermutlich auch gut kennen.

    Wir haben uns entschlossen, die nächste Ausgabe dem Thema “Freies Wissen/Digitale Nachhaltigkeit” zu widmen. Ihr ETH-Profil ist nicht mehr abzurufen; falls Sie sich aber gelegentlich in Zürich aufhalten: wäre es möglich, Ihnen in der nächsten Zeit unsere erste Gliederung vorzulegen und Inputs zu erhalten?

    Vielen Dank und freundliche Grüsse,

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