Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international public service broadcaster. It has been producing and distributing content for a worldwide audience since 1953. Today, DW is a multilingual, multi-platform provider of news and information services in 30 languages.
Deutsche Welle‘s primary mission is to relay German and European perspectives to a worldwide audience. It furthermore provides a forum for exchange of opinions and points of view on a variety of issues, be they of geographic, political, societal or personal nature. One overriding aim: to foster an understanding and exchange between cultures and people. All the above is done with a range of video, audio and text services on a great variety of platforms In addition to supplying “traditional” platforms and channels such as TV and online, DW has fully embraced new opportunities offered by digitisation. This means targeting comparatively newer platforms and devices (e.g. mobile phones, IPTV platforms, social networks, messengers), spreading content via new distribution means (most of them IP-based) and partnering with third party platforms (e.g. social networks and web portals such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and the like) to increase reach, relevance and effectiveness as a publicly funded media organisation.
The group that will be involved in the WeVerify project is DW’s Research & Cooperation Projects Unit. Since the 1990s, the unit has participated in more than 40 nationally/internationally funded R&D projects, covering a variety of topics. The unit is located at the intersection between research and development and day-to-day operations, something that will be an asset to the project work.
Role in the Project
DW will lead work package 2 Use Case Definitions and Requirements Analysis, lead the Dissemination task (Part of WP 8) and be furthermore active in WP 7 (Pilots, Evaluation and Engagement), with less prominent involvement in some of the other WPs. The primary task of the DW team is to be involved in the identification and formulation of requirements, and the development, description and updating of use cases. Testing and evaluating WeVerify solutions will also be a core part of DW’s involvement in WeVerify. All this will be done from the perspective of journalists working in / for a “traditional” (public service) media organisation.
DW will also bring its experience from other relevant undertakings into WeVerify (esp. the REVEAL and InVID projects, and from developing and running its collaborative verification platform Truly Media – operated with partner ATC). Furthermore, DW – being experts in information diffusion and spreading – will take an active role in dissemination activities and lead this task. All this is to ensure that work and activities are demand-driven, meet clear user needs, have highest exploitation potential and are communicated professionally and appropriately to the respective target groups.